'Washi' (Japanese Paper) Making Experience in Nagano City
Though a commonplace material today, paper was long considered a cherished item in Japan. Known as ‘kami’ in Japanese, the word is phonetically the same as the term for ‘god’, underscoring the reverence for paper in Japanese culture. Nagano has a long tradition of producing fine handmade paper and while here you can make your own ‘washi’ (Japanese paper) at a guided workshop at the Patio Daimon complex, nearby Zenko-ji Temple.
Workshops take 30 minutes in each session, and are held every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00, and again from 13:00 to 15:00, at the end of which you’ll have your own self-created paper to take with you. This is an enjoyable activity suitable for all ages.
Advance booking by email is required 3 days in advance.
10:00-12:00 (last entry at 11:30) & 14:00-15:00 (last entry at 14:30)
From JR Nagano Station: exit the station from the Zenko-ji Exit and take the bus heading for Zenko-ji Temple from bus stop No.1. Get off at the Patio Daimon bus stop and cross over the road to the Patio Daimon complex. Walk into the courtyard and you will see a staircase leading to the second floor and workshop venue.
Reservation by email is required. Your washi creations will be attached to a laminated sheet with instructions on how to best dry and handle the paper. Take the paper home and it will dry naturally within a few hours. If you want to leave your creations with us and come back to pick it up later, we can also dry them for you, but please allow an hour for drying. If you return during hours we are closed, you can pick up your washi at the Information space in the Rakucha Rengakan 2nd floor.