Kesen carpentry workshop

Kesen carpentry workshop

from 280.00

$280 USD per person
Minimum 2 participants; solo guests may book at the price of 2 participants

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. 

Number of Participants:

Create intricate wooden coasters with techniques over 270 years old


  • Location: Rikuzentakata, Iwate

  • 2 hours

  • 8 people max. Minimum 2 participants, solo guests may book at the price of 2 participants.

  • You will be accompanied by a friendly guide who will provide interpretation in English.

Detailed perfection

Kesen carpentry is the the school of carpentry that originated in the Kesen region (now comprised of Rikuzentakata, Ofunato and Sumita in Iwate prefecture) during the Edo period.The lack of agricultural options and the bitter winters in this mountainous region originally forced its residents to learn and hone their carpentry skills, which became increasingly intricate and complex as these carpenters traveled the country and learned new techniques. The economic boost from the Meiji Restoration and the development of the Tohoku Main Line railways helped popularize this intricate artisanal carpentry style which was used to make houses, temples and furniture. Today Kesen carpentry is known particularly for the way it does not utilize nails, screws or glue but depends exclusively on interlocking wooden pieces. Come try out this intricate technique yourself under the warm guidance of local Rikuzentaka carpenters.

What you’ll do

After a tour of the carpentry studio, you’ll make your own coaster using Kesen carpentry technique.

Who can attend

Children must be 7+

What to wear

Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.


Session 1 (9:00 - 11:00)
Session 2 (11:00 - 13:00)
Session 3 (13:00 - 15:00)
Session 4 (15:00 - 17:00)


Approximately 5 hours away from Tokyo.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at the latest 24 hours in advance. See cancellation policy here.

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