Warousoku candle workshop

Warousoku candle workshop

from 200.00

$200 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Number of Participants:

Mold your own vegan candles in a traditional Japanese house


  • Location: Kawagoe, Saitama

  • 2 hours

  • 3 people max

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

Handcrafted treasures

Warousoku are Japan’s traditional vegan candles. In contrast to their Western counterpart, which consist of beeswax or animal lard, these Japanese candles are made out of natural fats derived from plant matter. Historically, warousoku were made for Buddhist temples and were lit as a way to remember and honor ancestors. As a result, animal products were not used because Buddhism opposes the idea of intentionally killing animals. Not only are they made differently, but warousoku last longer, burn bigger and brighter, produce very little smoke, and are less likely to drip and extinguish in a draft. Each warousoku candle has charming slight differences in their form, in contrast to the visual monotony of mass-produced candles that came from the same mould. With just one glance, one can see the perfect imperfections that hint at its handmade qualities.

What you’ll do

Learn about warousoku and craft your own two unique Warousoku Candles that you’ll take home with two accompanying ceramic stands.

Who can attend

Children must be 7+


Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Session 1 (12:00 - 14:00)
Session 2 (14:00 - 16:00)
Session 3 (16:00 - 18:00)


1 hour 15 min away from Tokyo 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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Customer Reviews

I personally like unusual and deep experiences, so Warousoku candle-making, suits me very much. It is not run-of-the-mill – the fact that the place I went to is the only retail Warousoku candle shop was very meaningful. Having Satoshi-san was a great comfort. His enthusiasm and support with translation was very helpful for both the sensei and myself
— J.C, Singapore, Jan 2019