Karakami woodblock print workshop

Karakami woodblock print workshop

from 100.00

$100 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Number of Participants:

Hand-press paper with ancient patterns to make historic Kyoto-style prints


  • Location: Shimogyo, Kyoto

  • 1 hour

  • 5 people max

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

Iconic designs

Kyokarakami, which translates to “Tang Chinese paper”, is delicately printed paper that was mostly used by aristocrats to write poems and letters beginning in the Tang Dynasty in China. The woodblock used to create the traditional designs of kyokarakami must be hand-carved from magnolia wood, and the patterns printed are mostly patterns passed down from ancient times that are inspired by nature. As Japan began producing its own kyokarakami in Kyoto during the Heian Period, kyokarakami became a popular material for interior design. Throughout Japanese history, it was used as screens on sliding doors, as wallpaper, and as interior decoration. Kyokarakami is still produced today and commonly found in Japanese stationary and interior design. Discover the creative and calming process of printing intricate patterns on washi paper with kyokarakami.

What you’ll do

Learn about the history of kyokarakami and start printing your own karakami print message cards with woodblocks and traditional shimmering pigments. Browse the gallery’s beautiful creations while your karakami is packed up.

What to wear

Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty

Who can attend

Children must be 7+


Tuesday through Friday
Session 1 (11:00 - 12:00)
Session 2 (14:00-15:00)
Session 3 (16:00-17:00)

If you are a group of 4 or more people but the above slots do not work for your schedule, please contact us to arrange a time that suits you at info@deeperjapan.com.


15 minutes from Kyoto Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. See cancellation policy here.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.


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