Create intricate wooden coasters with this special technique

Create intricate wooden coasters with this special technique

from 148.00

Note: Minimum of two participants required. Solo guest may book at the price of two participants.

Experience Includes |

  • 20 min - Tour of carpentry studio

  • 60-80 min - Making coaster using Kesen carpentry technique

  • 20 min Appreciation of Kesen carpentry

You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will provide interpretation in English

Availability |

Session 1 (9:00 - 11:00)
Session 2 (11:00 - 13:00)
Session 3 (13:00 - 15:00)
Session 4 (15:00 - 17:00)

Number of Participants:


Rikuzentakata, Iwate

Offered in Japanese with English interpretation


1-8 people

About Kesen Carpentry |

Kesen carpentry is the the school of carpentry that originated in the Kesen region (now comprised of Rikuzentakata, Ofunato and Sumita in Iwate prefecture) during the Edo period.The lack of agricultural options and the bitter winters in this mountainous region originally forced its residents to learn and hone their carpentry skills, which became increasingly intricate and complex as these carpenters traveled the country and learned new techniques. The economic boost from the Meiji Restoration and the development  of the Tohoku Main Line railways helped popularize this intricate artisanal carpentry style which was used to make houses, temples and furniture. Today Kesen carpentry is known particularly for the way it does not utilize nails, screws or glue but depends exclusively on interlocking wooden pieces. Come try out this intricate technique yourself under the warm guidance of local Rikuzentaka carpenters.


Things to note |

  • Reservation must be made at least one week in advance

  • Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty

  • Not available on public holidays

  • Children 11yrs and younger must be accompanied by their parent

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

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