【Meet The Local】Washi and Paper craft Tour

【Meet The Local】Washi and Paper craft Tour

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A Guided Tour for Washi Lovers

Visiting an old Japanese paper factory and see how Washi is made with the craftsman's guide is a special experience, but we offer more!

After making own paper and looking around the factory, you can make your own Japanese notebook. Using the paper you just made for the front and back covers of the notebook. The papers inside are also Washi that this factory made. Learn Japanese binding technique from a local graphic designer/letterpress printer, Suguho Aoyama. She fell in love with Washi and moved to Uchiko from Shizuoka.
You get to choose color of strings, so it will be one of a kind. I would be nice to make a travel note with your original notebook.

Then visit ORIGAMI vending machine to get a small but unique souvenir.
These ORIGAMI are made by Chizuru Okano, the owner of a small shop right next to the vending machine. If you are lucky, you get to see to her and have a fun conversation about how she makes ORIGAMI and why she put ORIGAMI in the old Tabaco vending machine.

In the end, the guide will take you to the Ikazaki kite museum to learn about Ikazaki kites and history of this area. When the weather is nice, you can fly a kite at the riverside.

You get to choose either having a short taxi ride and walk around the area or riding a bicycle the whole time*. The guide will take you through the residential area and stop at spots only locals would know.
*If it rains, it will be taxi ride and walk even you chose bicycle ride.

Enjoy “Real Japan” at a lovely river side town.


〈What’s included〉
-English speaking guide
-Factory tour at Japanese paper factory
-Paper making experience
-Japanese binding and notebook making workshop
-Entrance fee for kite museum
-Bicycle rent OR Taxi fee
-Travel insurance


〈Time Schedule〉
12:30 Meet at Uchiko visitors center = 13:00 Japanese paper factory = 14:00 Notebook workshop = 15:15 ORIGAMI vending machine = 16:00 Kite Museum = 17:00 Back to Uchiko visitors center

Story of making Washi

It takes a daunting amount of time and effort to make a single sheet of Washi paper.

The raw material of Washi is the bark of a tree called Kozo, Mitsumata or Ganpi.
They are soaked for several days in water, then boiled to kill harmful fungi. Then wash them with water, bleach them by exposing to the sun for about one week. Then wash with water again. The process of removing impurities with human eyes and hands is repeated three times. Now the raw materials are finally ready.

Throw the raw materials into a boat and mix with Tororo Aoi, mucus from the roots of a plant, and stirred thoroughly. Scoop up with the reeds and swing back and forth, right and left so that the ingredients spread evenly. Put it aside and make one again. The Layers of strained paper are left overnight then put them on a press machine to remove water. Then soak them in wate, peel them off one by one, place them on a drying table, carefully brush them so that they do not wrinkle, and dry them using heat from the table.

The finished paper is inspected by human eyes, and finally becomes a product.

Boiling and washing the raw material, removing impurities, making paper, drying paper, inspecting paper, all those works are done by hands of different craftsman.
Washi is precious because they are carefully made with hands of each and all craftsman.
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Information

ContactUchiko Tourism Association
TEL +81-893-44-3790


愛媛県知事登録旅行業 地域ー212号
(一社)内子町観光協会
Price2 pax = 25000 JPY per person
3 pax = 20000 JPY per person
4 pax = 18000 JPY per person
5 pax = 16000 JPY per person

〈Number of people〉
Minimum 2 pax / Maximum 5 pax

〈Cancel Policy〉
20 days ~ 8 days before the start date of the trip 20%, 7 days ~ 2 days before 30%, The day before the start date of the trip 40%, Before the departure time of the start date 50%, After the departure time and No-show 100%
Operation dayAll year around
Tuesday to Friday Only
*Exclude Japan National Holiday

"Washi" making and Paper craft Tour"

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