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Traditional Sugihara Washi-Making Workshop

Learn about the charms of washi (traditional Japanese paper) and make your very own, one-of-a-kind washi
Learn about the charms and the beauty of washi from a museum tour guide in Sugihara - where Harima paper, known as Japan’s highest-quality paper in the Nara Period, was produced. At the end of the tour, participate in a washi-making workshop and make your very own, one-of-a-kind washi.
Enjoy this experience as a stop on your journey from Himeji Castle to Asago City or Kinosaki Onsen, or as part of your tour through the Tambasasayama area. After the washi-making workshop, you’ll wait for the paper to dry while enjoying a lunch of Jidori chicken at the Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Station) located next to the facility.
What you'll do
I. Learn about washi from a museum guide in Sugihara, the production location for Japan’s highest-quality paper, Harima paper

Learn about the 1,000 years of history behind washi (traditional Japanese paper) and Sugihara paper through the documents exhibited in Sugihara Paper Village

II. Make your very own, one-of-a-kind washi in the washi-making workshop, and take it home as a souvenir of your travels

Sugihara Paper Village was closed down at one point but was revived again in the 1970s, and still manufactures washi using traditional methods. You’ll be able to learn about and experience the actual paper-making process in the washi workshop, alongside the museum guide.

Ⅲ. Choose the size of the washi you want to make, and use it as a postcard or a lamp cover

You can select the size of the washi you make from postcard-size (to send to friends as a souvenir of your travels), the size of Japanese calligraphy-paper, up to the size of large A3 paper.