Kansai Area

Make your own miniature umbrella or "umbrella lantern"

Make your own miniature umbrella or "umbrella lantern"

from 172.00

See our other Kansai experiences here.

Experience Includes |

Miniature Umbrella

  • 10min - Brief introduction to the store and to Wagasa

  • 30min - Make your own miniature umbrella

  • 40min - Waiting for the product to dry, while learning about the historical production of Wagasa

  • 20min - Finishing touches to product

Umbrella lantern:

  • 7min - Brief introduction to the store and to Wagasa

  • 3min - Explanation of the umbrella lantern

  • 50min - Make your own umbrella lantern

    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 |
Holiday hours: The studio will be closed December 28-January 6.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Session 1 (14:00 - 15:40) Miniature Umbrella
Session 1 (14:00 - 15:00) Umbrella lamp

Number of Participants:


Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
25 min. from Kyoto Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

60-100 min Experience

5 people max.

About Wagasa |

Wagasa | wah・gah・sah
Japanese oil-paper umbrellas.

Wagasa, the iconic oil-paper umbrella of Japan, was first introduced to Japan from China in the Heian Period (794-1185), and was not so much a practical tool to block rain, but was a tool to protect aristocrats and the imperial family from evil spirits. Later, technology was developed so the umbrellas could open and closer as one wished, making the tool even more convenient. The oil paper covering the bamboo skeleton made the umbrella sturdy and waterproof and provided shade for its user. During the Edo Period, wagasa became a common item and fashion accessory for people of all ranks. It was during this time that wagasa craft began to thrive and beautiful, vibrant designs emerged. Wagasa were were seen as a popular accessory for those attending festivals, tea ceremonies, and entertainment. With the emergence of Western umbrellas in the Meiji period, wasaga decreased in popularity, with only a handful of stores in Japan currently continuing the craft. Today wagasa can be seen in religious ceremonies, festivals, and entertainment. Discover the magic of Japan’s traditional umbrella in Kyoto!


Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 7 days in advance.

  • Clothes may potentially get a little dirty in the experience, so please dress accordingly.

  • Children must be 10+ years to participate.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

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