Kintsugi gold repair workshop (Kyoto)

Kintsugi gold repair workshop (Kyoto)

from 200.00

$200 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 7 days in advance.

Number of Participants:

Transform a broken bowl with this 500-year old technique using pure gold dust (Kyoto)


  • Location: Kamigyo, Kyoto

  • 1.5 hours

  • 8 people max.

  • Offered in Japanese, with friendly Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English
    (French/German interpretation may be available upon request)

Symbolic beauty

In the practice of kintsugi, which means “golden joinery”, cracked pottery is given a second life through the binding power of gold lacquer. It’s said that this technique may have originated in the late 15th century when the shogun of Japan sent back damaged pottery to China, only  to have it returned, unsatisfactorily fixed with metal staples. In response, craftsmen came up with the alternative technique of kintsugi to repair such items. This technique perfectly represents the Japanese aesthetic value of 'wabi-sabi', or the acceptance of imperfection as part of beauty, which has its origins in Buddhist philosophy. Celebrating the beauty of brokenness, Kintsugi not only produces unique pottery but is powerfully symbolic.

What you’ll do

Select which antique piece of pottery you’d like to work on and learn how to repair it with lacquer and 24-carat gold dust. While it dries, learn about the fascinating history of kintsugi while drinking freshly prepared matcha from antique tea bowls repaired with kintsugi by the instructor.

Who can attend

Children must be 7+

What to wear

Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty


Antique Pottery

What else you should know

All sessions are private except for those on Thursday, which takes place with local Japanese kintsugi students


Session 1 (10:30~12:00)
Session 2 (13:30~15:00)
Session 3 (16:30~18:00)


20 minutes from Kyoto Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 7 days in advance. See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.


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Customer Reviews

Very well explained and guided throughout the class. Learning in English made it a lot easier and enjoyable experience. Thank you.
— M.G, Australia, March 2019
We loved that it was such an intimate and authentic experience. The instructor was amazing, skilful and gave clear instructions. The translator also did an excellent job. It was also really helpful to be met at the underground station.
— M.A, England, August 2019