Mugiwara Zaiku Straw Craft Workshop In Kinosaki

Find out more about the traditional craft of mugiwara zaiku (straw craft), only found in Kinosaki Onsen town. Learn about its history and process as you visit a private workshop.

Learn mugiwara zaiku (straw craft) that is unique to the area — said to have started around the Kyoho era. It was brought about by a craftsman who came to Kinosaki Onsen and started sticking colored straws to flutes and frames to pay for his lodging.

The technique uses brightly dyed strips of straw which are then cut and laid out in various intricate patterns. They are used to decorate other items ranging from boxes to postcards. The straw is cut and flattened after being dyed in different colors. Afterward, it is arranged into various patterns, sometimes to create images like a flower or a bird.

In this activity, you'll be visiting the Kamiya Mingei shop in Kinosaki Onsen, one of the best hot spring towns in Japan. Here, you'll learn about the straw craft making process. The straw will be provided and you'll be cutting, positioning and pasting them on top of a box. An English-speaking guide will help you throughout. After the activity, you can bring home your artwork as a souvenir.

The store is managed by Masaru Kamiya, the second-generation owner of the place who won the Hyogo Skill Achievement Award. This craft is usually taught in workshops, but by booking this activity, you'll be able to learn directly from the artist!


  • 09:30/ 13:30 — Meet the guide and walk to the venue
  • 10:00/ 14:00 — Learn about the history and work process at Kamiya Mingei shop
  • 10:30/ 14:30 — Straw box activity (cutting, positioning and pasting the straw on the box)
  • 12:00/ 16:00 — Activity ends


2 Working Days
2.5 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Duration: 2.5 hours

What You Get

Mugiwara Zaiku Straw Craft Workshop in Kinosaki

Adult/Child: 12 years old and above


  • Activity fee
  • Guide fee
  • Material cost


  • Personal expenses
  • Transport
Additional information:
  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants.
  • The pick-up point will by default be Kinosaki Onsen Station. If you are staying in Kinosaki Onsen Town and would like to meet directly at the Ryokan you're staying at, please inform us upon booking. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: Kinosaki Onsen Town Station

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
12 years old and above

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