Tama Ori Workshop Tour And Placemat Weaving

Craft and take home a unique handwoven placemat, for a special souvenir of rural Japan

The term Tama ori refers to the specific weaving methods of the Tama area west of central Tokyo. The many kinds of Tama ori include omeshi ori, characterized by the fine wrinkled patterns on its surface; futsu ori, a multi-layered textile with reversible patterns; and mojiri ori, a lacey fabric with warp and weft parallel instead of perpendicular.

Visit the Sawai Textile Workshop in the tranquility of Hachioji, easily reachable by direct train from Shinjuku in central Tokyo. Here, you'll visit the workshop of award-winning Tama ori weaver Sawai-san. Watch his team practicing their craft, preserving the heritage of the Tama area—and then try it for yourself!

Hachioji City in Tama has a long history of silk and fabric production, and was once known as the 'City of Mulberries' due to mulberry leaves' importance to silk production. Hachioji was a leader in textile production during the Meiji period (1868–1912) thanks to the essential clear waters of the Asa and Aki rivers, a lack of arable land, and the proximity of Tokyo City and Yokohama Port—important trade hubs.

In modern times, with fewer people wearing kimono and other traditional clothes, holdouts like the Sawai Textile Workshop survive by adapting. Sawai-san, for example, has gained recognition by collaborating with such Japanese fashion brands as Comme des Garçon and Issei Miyake. He has produced original works featured by the Museum of Modern Art, and participated in Google's Project Jacquard, working on conductive yarns for smart clothing—garments made of fabric integrated with hardware and software.

On meeting your host at the Sawai Textile Workshop, you'll start the tour with a presentation on Tama ori. You'll then tour the workshop, and see loom weaving as it is carried out daily by Sawai-san's team. Lastly, your host will lead you in a hands-on weaving experience where you can make a placemat. After some 30–60 minutes of work, your piece will be ready to take home as a memento of your trip.


  • Arrive at the workshop
  • Presentation on Tama Ori (30 mins)
  • Workshop tour (30 mins)
  • Placemat Weaving (60 mins)


2 Working Days
2 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Duration: 2 hours

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

What You Get

Tama Ori Workshop Tour and Placemat Weaving

Adult/Child: 6 years old and above


  • Workshop tour
  • Placemat weaving experience 
  • Materials & guidance


  • Transport
  • Personal expenses
Additional information:
  • Depending on the group size, the experience time may vary

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

Sawai Textile Workshop in Takatsukimachi, Hachioji, Tokyo.

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6 years old and above

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