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Hand-painted Yuzen Dyeing Experience

Tour Details 

Nishijin once flourished as a textile town. Mr. Shinichiro Minami, who runs a workshop here, is a Kyoto Yuzen artist. Kyo Yuzen is a dyeing technique that began in the Edo period. The artist uses vivid colors to draw and express what comes to mind on silk fabric. You will have the opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese art of yuzen dyeing in a relaxed atmosphere at a machiya (townhouse) where you can feel the Japanese atmosphere.

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Plan Price

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What's included

Yuzen Zome Experience 

Guide fee

Course Contents

-Dyeing experience

-Tour of a machiya (townhouse)

-Introduction to Kyo Yuzen Zome works

Meeting Place & Time

Oatsurae Shinichiro

575 Kitano mikado-cho Kamigyo-ku Kyoto

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Time Required

2 hours

Min. # of Participants per Party

Hand-drawn yuzen: 1 people

Kata Yuzen: 2 people

Min. # of Participants

Hand-drawn yuzen: 1 people

Kata Yuzen: 2 people

Max. # of Participants


Closing Date

the day before

Supported Languages


(schedule to be confirmed)

English, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Thai

Necessary when making a reservation

(1) Date of implementation

 (2) Desired time

 (3) Participant's name 

(4) Contact details(v) Number of participants

Cancellation Fees

Free cancellation within 72 hours of booking.

3 days to 1 day before the experience date: 20%; on the day: 50 50%. No-show or after the trip has started: 100%.

Other (Notes)

Please consult with us in advance if you wish to have someone else participate in either handwritten or kata yuzen.

It is possible to experience both handwritten and kata yuzen on the same day. Please contact us if you wish to do both.

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Origin of Yuzen Zome(dyeing)

It dates back to the Edo period. It was born when Miyazaki Yuzen, a fan painter, began to draw them on kosode (a type of kimono) as well. At that time, textiles were usually woven with dyed threads, but yuzen dyeing, in which pictures are drawn on the cloth using a brush and dyed, made it possible to draw curves. The characteristic feature of yuzen dyeing is that many patterns of animals and plants are used.

There are various schools of yuzen dyeing. The three major yuzen schools in Japan are Kyo yuzen, Kaga yuzen, and Edo (Tokyo) yuzen. The Kyo Yuzen painted by Ms. Minami is a gorgeous work with vivid colors.


Machiya Creation

Machiya refers to a type of urban dwelling established in the early modern period. It is an independent residence where merchants, craftsmen, and others live while doing business in commercial areas, and most of them were built as a group.

However, machiya, which are historically valuable as traditional buildings, are being lost along with modernization. Mr. Minami is the person who created these once lost townhouses 20 years ago. Many local residents have been influenced by Mr. Minami to create townhouses. Visitors can experience the real Japan of the past.


Senryogatsuji, Nishijin, flourished as a textile town

Senryogatsuji, Nishijin, a prosperous textile town

This area is located on a street in Nishijin called Senryo-ga-tsuji, which originated from the fact that as much as 1,000 ryo (1,000 carriages) were traded here every day. This is how prosperous the area used to be, especially in the textile industry. The fact that a large amount of money was moving around is evidenced by the fact that there were four banks located across from each other at an intersection just a five-minute walk from Ms. Minami's home. The deep tradition and history still remain in this town today. The best part of this tour is that you can hear about it from Mr. Minami during the yuzen experience.




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