Kansai Area

Create your own delicate bamboo basket or chopsticks

Create your own delicate bamboo basket or chopsticks

from 142.00

See our other Kansai experiences here.

Experience Includes |

  • 10 min - A brief overview of the history of takezaiku (Japanese bambooworking)

  • 80-110 min - Making your own basket (choosing from “hana-kago”, “yorozu-kago”, or “ebi-kago”), chopsticks, or teascoop

    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 |

Basket-making (see picture below)

Session 1 (09:00 - 10:30)
Session 2 (10:00 - 11:30)
Session 3 (13:00 - 14:30)
Session 4 (14:00 - 15:30)
Session 5 (15:00 - 16:30)
Chopsticks or Tea-scoop making (see picture below)
Session 1 (09:00 - 11:00)
Session 2 (10:00 - 12:00)
Session 3 (13:00 - 15:00)
Session 4 (14:00 - 16:00)
Session 5 (15:00 - 17:00)

Number of Participants:


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

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

1.5-2 hr Experience

1 - 20 people max.

About Takezaiku |

Takezaiku | Ta・Kay・Zai・Koo

Bamboo, one of the first materials used by early humans, is widely used in the everyday life of many Asian cultures. Though a part of the grass family, bamboo is resilient and is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Bamboo’s sturdiness and the way it can be split into fine fibers, allows for both weaving and carving, making it a favored material for craft. With over six hundred species of bamboo found in Japan, bamboo has become especially popular with Japanese artists and craftsmen. Takezaiku, Japanese bamboowork, is a traditional craft used in architecture, utilitarian objects, and decorative arts. Towards the end of the 19th century, takezaiku became accepted as an art form, with basket weaving being the most popular. Today takezaiku continues to be widely used, and can often be spotted throughout Japan. Learn the intricate craft of this strong material used for centuries at this takezaiku workshop.


What you can make |

  • Select items upon booking

  • Shikainami-hanakago | A traditional basket, used as a base for flower arrangements. No glue or adhesive tools are used in its making.

  • Ebi-kago | The frame at the top of the basket is called "Ebi-dome”, because its shape is similar to a shrimp (ebi). It is the most difficult basket among the three to make, as it requires two types of weaving.

  • Yorozu-kago | A bamboo basket that is easy to make and can be used as a dish for tempura and other foods.

  • Bamboo Chopsticks | Rectangular Bamboo rods are prepared. Shave with a knife to create chopsticks (Chopsticks case and bag are also included).

  • Tea-scoop | Shave prepared bamboo strips with a knife to create these teascoops.

- Shikainami-hanakago (left)
- Ebi-kago (center)
- Yorozu-kago (right)

Bamboo Chopsticks



Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 3 days in advance.

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

  • Children must be 11+ years to participate in the basket-making . Children must be 13+ years to participate in the chopstick-making.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

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