/lacquering tool
Refined urushi
Lacquering kit
Jitsuke material
Filter paper
Polishing article
Maki-e tool
Hake brush
Metallic leaf/powder
Wood body

Kato Kohe Shoten

478 Matsubara Nakano-cho, Matsubara-dori Tominokoji Nishi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8063

Phone: 075-351-1932・7983
Fax: 075-351-7966
Refinement of urushi, sale of urushi and lacquering tool
Closed: Sun., public holiday, 2nd and 4th Sat.
Open 9AM-6PM on weekdays
9AM-4PM on 1st, 3rd, 5th Sat.

Urushi lacquering class

Join us on the 2nd floor of the traditional Kyoto storehouse!

You can learn from the basics to specialized technique of urushi art. Our instructors including a proficient artist and a rising female artist. Make anything you like; chopsticks, accessories, jyubakos (a nest of boxes)... or, repair your lacquerwares. You can also try kintsugi (repairing of cracked ceramics using urushi and powdered gold). All the tools and materials are provided. Please feel free to come and take a look!

Course Time Monthly fee (JPY)
Monday PM 1:30-4:30 (1st, 2nd, 3rd Mon.) 15,000
Tuesday PM 1:30-4:30 (1st, 2nd, 3rd Tue.) 15,000
Wednesday PM 1:30-4:30 (1st, 2nd, 3rd Wed.) 15,000
Wednesday night PM 6:00-9:00 (1st, 2nd, 3rd Wed.) 15,000
Saturday PM 1:00-4:00 (Every 1st and 3rd Sat.) 10,000
Initial fee: JPY 5,000. Cost for materials and tools: JPY 7,000 (Actual expenses will be charged according to what you make)
*Capacity is 8 people per course.
*In case a day of the class falls on national holiday it will be changed to a same day of the other week on the same month.
*Please note that if urushi comes in direct contact with your skin it is possible to develop a rash. Because of this urushi must be used with care, avoiding contact with a skin and working in a well ventilated space. Please note that we shall not be responsible for any troubles related to rashes.
*You can visit to take a look but trial not offered as it will take at least two months to finish one work. Once you joined you can work on multiple works at the same time.
* The lesson will be conducted in Japanese.   
  • Top left: Entrance
  • Top right: Inside the kura
  • Bottom: Production