Craft postcards in a family paper shop

Kyoto, Japan

Experience hosted by Miwako

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English and Japanese
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.

What you'll do

On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able to guide you on how to mail your unique cards to your friends or family.
Other things to note;
Please be sure to bring the mailing addresses of the people you want to send your postcards to.
On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able t…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water or tea
  • Equipment
    Papermaking tools

Meet your Host, Miwako

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 303 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello, I am Miwako. Having previously worked for various international careers, and living in bustling cities, I have now returned to my family business which spans three generations across an 90-year history. The heart of my business is traditional Japanese washi paper, which is deeply rooted in Japanese culture, tradition, and customs. It is now so much fun to spend time making papers with visitors from all over the world! Let's explore a bit in Japanese traditional handcraft!
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Where you'll be

We will meet at my paper shop in the heart of Kyoto. It's a traditional Japanese wooden house, where you will be able to feel at home on tatami mats. There're paper products collected from various parts of Japan, as well as raw ingredients for Washi paper and other tools to make papers. After all, you will be able to mail the handmade postcards or bring back with you as souvenirs.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 303 reviews.

Esther
November 2021
I have two boys, ages 14 and 11, and they both said, “That class was way better than I expected!” Miwako and her husband were very kind, and very knowledgeable about washi paper, and we each left with 4 postcards to either keep as souvenirs or send to friends and family. I highly recommend stopping by for fun experience.
Kendal
November 2021
I had a wonderful experience today. I learnt so much about how to make Japanese washi paper and the history too. The host speaks English wonderfully and the shop is clean, comfortable and charming. I'll be back to take more workshops!
Aisling
March 2020
Had such a wonderful time making paper in her cozy shop. She shared the history of paper making in japan but with a more personalized take on it. We left with amazing postcards that we are so proud of. We can’t stop looking at them!
Ashleigh
March 2020
Miwako is the most friendly and genuine person, and has generational knowledge about the Washi paper tradition that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. The workshop it self was calming, creative and fun. Learning about the traditions behind the paper to writing the calligraphy was very unique and special and I will definitely go back to do this again when I go back to Japan. Thank you so much Miwako!!
Hannah
February 2020
The paper-making experience was awesome! We booked last minute because Kyoto was going to be rainy, and we had so much fun making post cards!
Emma
February 2020
Miwako & Hiro are extremely knowledgeable and welcoming! We booked this last minute and we are so glad we did, quite possibly the highlight of Kyoto so far! Making the personalized washi paper post cards from scratch was so fun and rewarding. They provided tea and cookies/candies while we watched a short video about traditional paper making processes. Miwako also taught us how to write some things in kanji/hiragana/katakana with a brush pen to further personalized our cards (we wrote "Kyoto" "mother" and our names). The shop itself is pretty easy to find with Google maps and there's bike parking right up the road for 100 yen or so :) We had a fantastic time!!!

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Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 4 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.