Experience Tatami Mats with a Craftsman

  • Program
    per person:4,500 JPY
    time period
    All season program
    2 hours(10:00~12:00)
    Language English

Make a mini tatami mat with a craftsman at Oda Tatamiten, a long-established, 120-year-old tatami handicraft shop!

Experience making a mini tatami mat at this tatami handicraft shop, which won the "Good Design Award 2016" for their small tatami items.

First, you can watch a hand-stitch demonstration by Mr. Osamu Osa, the shop owner and craftsman. It is a very rare opportunity to see first-hand the time-honored artisanship handed down from generation to generation.
If you wish, you can try to stitch a tatami mat.

After the demonstration, it's time to make your own mini tatami mat! Mr. Oda kindly shows you how to do it, so all ages can enjoy the program!
  • Craftsman teaches you kindly.

  • Original mini-tatami mat.

  • Oda Tatamiten won the Good Design Award 2016

Program details
Program Experience Tatami Mats with a Craftsman
Program fee

per person:4,500 JPY

Available time period

All season program

Required time 2 hours
Schedule Schedule:
10:00 - Meet with Mr. Oda (the shop owner) at the west exit of Kintetsu Tamawamoto Station. Then, walk for five minutes to Oda Tatamiten. Or you can go directly to Oda Tatamiten by yourself.
10:05 - The program starts at Oda Tatamiten!

〇Tatami Studio
・Visitors normally cannot come and see inside a tatami studio. See the hand-stitch demonstration by Mr. Odamu Oda, a tatami craftsman. If you wish, you can try to stitch a tatami mat.

〇Making a Mini Tatami Mat
・Mr. Oda teaches you how to make it and many interesting things about tatami. This experience will deepen your interest on tatami culture.
・You can take home the mini tatami mat that you made in the program.
・If you have already experienced making a mini tatami mat, you can try to make a tatami picture stand.

〇Exhibit Room
・We show you the room where original goods are exhibited. You can have a look the tatami wallet which won the "Good Design Award 2016".
・You can purchase goods at the shop. Credit cards are accepted.

12:00 - Finish the program. Mr. Oda sees you off at Kintetsu Tawaramoto Station. Or you can say good-bye at the shop.
Requirements for participation Children under the age 12 need to participate with their parents.
-Minimum: 2 participants
-Maxim : 10 participants
Things to bring / required items Nothing in particular
Included in this fee *Mini tatami mat making experience
Not included in fees *Personal expences
Meeting location Kintetsu Tawaramoto Station, west entrance gate
Address of meeting location 171 tawaramoto-cho shiki-gun, Tawaramoto-cho Shiki-gun, Nara-prefecture

To Tawaramoto Station:
- 60 minutes by Kintetsu Railway from Kintetsu Osaka-Namba Station.
- 60 minutes by Kintetsu Railway from Kintetsu Kyoto Station.

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Payment method credit card
Language English

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Please enjoy the special experience of making a mini-tatami mat.


In case of cancellation, the following charges shall apply.
*1 day before the tour: 100% of the tour fee
*On the day of the tour: 100% of the tour fee
*No show on the day: 100% of the tour fee

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  • Profile

    Oda Tatamiten started its business 120 years ago in the town of Tawaramoto in Nara Prefecture.
    We won the “Good Design Award 2016” for our tatami wallet.
    We work every day to advance Tatami culture, to take it further.


    Making a mini tatami mat experience at Oda Tatamiten, the long-established tatami handicraft shop for 120 years!

    Company information

    Company:Oda Tatami
    Address: Tawaramoto-cho Shiki-gun Nara-prefecture

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