Hand Painted Yuzen Dyeing Experience in Machiya townhouse

  • Program
    32,400 yen per one person
    time period
    All season program
    Approx. 4 hours
    Language Japanese,English

You will use the Kyo Yuzen sketch technique to illustrate a pattern on a 100% dyed silk stole. Several colors will be layered on top of each other making for a colorful design, soft feel and high-quality texture. Why not try making a one-of-a-kind original stole using this traditional Japanese method.

The instructor has been recognized from among the artisans engaged in creating traditional crafts, as designated by METI ( Minister of Economy Trade and Industry), as a “Traditional Craftsman” because of her commitment to maintaining a high level of quality. She will carefully explain the process in simple terms so that even the beginner can understand.

Profile of the Instructor
Arisa Tomikawa Traditional Craftsman ( Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen )

Tomikawa set up an atelier for Hand Painted Kyo Yuzen and named it “Arisa”. She used the traditional methods of batik dyeing, Itome (thread) yuzen and sketching to create kimonos and obis in a fresh new way. She creates each work from scratch through a process of dialoging with the customer. Each silk stole and piece of Japanese accessory is hand made.
Program details
Program Hand Painted Yuzen Dyeing Experience in Machiya townhouse
Program fee

Per person:32,400 JPY

Available time period

All season program

Required time Approx. 4 hours
Schedule 1. Explanation (approx. 15 min.)
2. Choose the cloth, pattern and colors for the stole
(approx.30 min.)
3. Practice painting (approx. 20 min.)
4. Painting the stole (approx. 2 and a half hours)
5. Finishing (approx. 25 min.)

The instructor will provide a stole that has already been dyed. There will about 20 different stoles of varying colors and sizes to choose from. Some will have a pattern and others will be one color. You will choose one from among them. If you have specific requests regarding color, you may make a request beforehand.

There are two methods for creating a design. You may either paint it using a brush or use a pattern. If you use a brush, you can create any design that you like or trace a design that the instructor has prepared. For patterns, there will be several stencils available to choose from. Both the hand painted and pattern method will be explained by the instructor. You are free to choose the method you prefer to design your stole.

Once you have chosen the cloth, design and color, you will practice painting on a white piece of cloth. The instructor will prepare the dye. Tell the instructor your preference of color and light and shade.

After practicing you will be ready for the actual project. The instructor will be on hand at all times to help out if needed. If you have any questions or need advice, don’t hesitate to ask.

After you are finished painting, use an iron to stabilize the paint and you are finished.
Requirements for participation Number of people: From two to four persons
Age requirement: Jr. High and older
Things to bring / required items We will prepare all the utensil for this experience.
Meeting location NARAigoto EENA HOUSE
Meeting location Detail NARAigoto EENA HOUSE that is a restored Machiya townhouse. It is located in the former merchant district called Nara-machi.

Nara-machi is the place where traditional Machiya townhouses are preserved. You can enjoy walking through this area and feel quaint atmosphere.
Address of meeting location 18 Kawanoami Tsukinuke Hoppo-cho, Nara city, Nara Pref. 630-8314, Nara-city, Nara-prefecture

By bus: Take Nara city loop line bus from JR or Kintetsu Nara Sta. Get off at Tanaka-cho bus stop(N-13) . It's 1 min-walk.

By walk: Approx. 20 min-walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta.
Approx. 30 min-walk from JR Nara Sta.

Area: Please refer to map
Pick Up Service We are sorry that we don't offer pick-up service.
Payment method Payment by credit card
Language Japanese,English


If dye spills on your clothing it can be very difficult to remove so we recommend wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

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Operator Information

  • Hisae Dasilva

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  • Profile

    We run the guesthouse that provides Japanese cultural experience such as tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy and Hand Painted Yuzen dyeing workshop for the tourists.


    Painting a pattern on a 100% dyed silk stole

    Company information

    Company:NARAigoto EENA HOUSE
    Address:18 Kawanokami Tsukinuke-cho, Nara city Nara-city Nara-prefecture

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