Gripped Sumi Experience

  • Program
    Adult 2,200 yen(including tax)
    High school student and under 1,650 yen(including tax) A room charge occurs if you rent a meeting room for a big group.
    time period
    All season program
    Approx. 40 minutes for a small group.
    Language Japanese,English

You can have an experience of creating "gripped sumi" by squeezing raw ink with your hands in a workshop filled with the drifting scents of classical Japan.

At Kinkoen, you can experience the drifting scents of ancient Japan in our workshop as you shape raw sumi in your hand to create "gripped sumi".

In addition to creating your own personal, nuanced Nara sumi (and keeping your hands clean), you can also take part in a workshop tour and a lesson on sumi.

Please experience the aroma, the softness, and the warmth in the moment that you grip raw sumi.

You can take your gripped sumi home with you in a Paulownia wooden box, from a world where the shape of your hand and fingerprints mold your own original, one of a kind creation.
Program details
Program Gripped Sumi Experience
Program fee

Adult:2,200 JPY
High school student and under:1,650 JPY

Available time period

All season program

Available time period Detail This program is available between 9:00 and 18:00.
Please make a reservation by 21:00 on the day before your preferred date. Please inquire about availability earlier than that.
Required time Approx. 40 minutes for a small group.
Schedule 1. History of Nara sumi and introduction of materials (20 mins)
2. Actual demonstration (10 mins)
3. Experience gripping sumi yourself (10 mins)
4. Carry it home in a Paulownia wooden box
group / party Up to 200 participants can be accepted.
Requirements for participation Available to all ages

Minimum: 1 participant
Maximum: 200 participants
Included in this fee Experience fee
Not included in fees Personal expenses
Meeting location Kinkoen
Address of meeting location 547 Sanjo-cho, Nara-city, Nara-prefecture

5-min. walk from JR Nara Station
10-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

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Pick Up Service No pick up service available
Payment method The payment is accepted in cash or with a credit card on the spot.
Language Japanese,English

Guides' recommendations,
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Please experience the aroma, the softness, and the warmth in the moment that you grip raw sumi.


Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change the number of participants, especially when it happens on the date of the program.


Cancellation fee may occur if you booked a rental meeting room.

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Operator Information

  • Mr. Yoshiteru NAGANO

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    Why don’t you try to create Sumi which is one of the Nara’s traditional crafts, in our workshop filled with the drifting scents of ancient Japan?

    Starting with the lecture about Nara Sumi, we show you the raw ink shaping demonstration by a sumi craftsman. Then, you can make your own “Gripped Sumi” by your hands and take it home with you.


    An experience you can only find in Nara. Won’t you try making high-quality ink with your hands?

    Company information

    Address:547 Sanjo-cho Nara-city Nara-prefecture

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