Art of sudare, traditional mats woven from bamboo & yarn
Chance to learn in one of Japan's last sudare factories
Unique mat created with your choice of yarn & bamboo colour
Hands-on lesson that allows you to make a matching set of 2
One-of-a-kind souvenir of a rarely practised Japanese craft
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided sudare mat-making experience
Materials to make 2 bamboo mats
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know Before You Book
Children aged 9 and younger are not allowed.
Maximum group size is 5 people.
Options for hotel pick-up and drop-off and an English-speaking guide are available for an additional surcharge and can be arranged with Travel Kyoto when you call to confirm your reservation.
An additional surcharge for making extra mats is payable on the day of your activity.
This activity begins in Kameoka at Kawasaki Sudare, which is approximately 1 hour from central Kyoto by a combination of train and walking. You must make your own way to the meeting point.
Opening hours are from 10 AM–noon and 1 PM–5 PM. You will be able to arrange your preferred activity start time when you call to confirm your reservation.
Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
What you can expect
Try your hand at making sudare, traditional Japanese mats that are woven from bamboo and yarn. Visit one of the last sudare factories in Japan to learn the authentic craft from a professional, then make your own set of 2 as a unique take-home souvenir.
Your lesson takes place at Kawasaki Sudare, one of the few remaining sudare factories left in Japan. Traditionally used as screens or blinds to shield homes from the elements, sudare mats can be fashioned into a variety of sizes, and are even found in kitchens for rolling sushi. Watch a demonstration from an expert on how to braid coloured yarn, which is then used to weave together bamboo slats into the desired shape.
After the demonstration, pick your own colour of string and bamboo then get to work creating a pair of original tea mats. The sudare are easily rolled up, making them ideal for transport. Once your creations are finished, take time to admire your handiwork before concluding your tour, your one-of-a-kind souvenirs in hand.