Kansai Area

Create your own collection of delicate glass beads

Create your own collection of delicate glass beads

from 123.00

Note: Minimum of three participants required. Solo guests may book at the price of three participants.

See our other Kansai experiences here.

Experience Includes |

5min - Observing the glass craftsmen 

5min - Introduction to tonbodama glasswork 

55min - Making your own tonbodama beads 

40min - Browsing the glass store while the beads cool down. Assembling the final product with the beads. Choice in final product includes a decorative charm or a leather necklace.

You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |


Session 1 (9:30 - 10:30)
Session 2 (14:00 - 15:00)

Number of Participants:


Izumi, Osaka
1.5 hrs. from Kyoto Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

1hr Experience

10 people max.

About Tonbodama |

Tonbodama | Tohn-bo dah-mah
Japanese glass beads

Glass bead art, a craft born 3,500 year ago in Mesopotamia, arrived in Japan via the Silk Road. In Japan, these delicate glass beads, called tonbodama, are made by melting glass rods called satake. The artist can then choose to add designs through varying techniques, such as by decorating the bead with melted glass or shards of glass in other colors. These expressive glass beads are influenced by Japanese aesthetics, with designs often depicting Japanese seasons or scenes. Part of the beauty of tonbodama is the material used to make the beads. Tonbodama beads are made strictly from Japanese glass, giving them a unique sheen. Tonbodama continues to be widely popular today, in the form of art, jewelry, and accessories. Get creative with your own tonbodama beads and learn how to make vibrant glass come to life with a tonbodama artist.


Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 3 days in advance

  • Please do not wear nylon fabrics as they may melt if exposed to any hot materials. Cotton or wool clothing is ideal. It is best if your clothing is at least knee-length.

  • Children must be 9+ years to participate.

  • This studio is closed on Japanese public holidays that fall on Mondays and Fridays. For public holidays that fall Tuesday-Thursday, the studio will close the following Monday.

  • Choice in final product includes a decorative charm (pictured to the left) or a leather necklace.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.