• Tour code: 35077P1
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Watch as your knowledge of Japanese culture all ‘comes together’ during this fascinating 2-hour lesson in the art of traditional book binding. Learn the fine art of ‘watoji,’ 1,000-year old style of book creation that emphasizes handcrafted artistry and attention to detail, as you spend your session creating a one-of-a-kind notebook. You’ll leave the class with a newfound appreciation for Japanese craftsmanship, as well as a wonderful souvenir.


  • Take a lesson in 'watoji' (traditional Japanese book binding) while in Tokyo
  • Gain a newfound appreciation for Japan's celebration of handmade, artisanal products
  • Discover the 1,000-year old traditions of craftsmanship behind this unique Japanese art form
  • Leave your session with a one-of-a-kind, handmade souvenir notebook
  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels
  • Great introduction to Japanese artisanal products and chance to learn about Japan's artistic practices

What You Can Expect

Japanese Bookbinding Lesson in Tokyo

Discover the art of Japanese book binding

Take a deep dive into the world of handmade, bespoke, products during this 2-hour lesson in ‘watoji,’ the art of traditional book-binding. This beautiful, artisanal, craft-making practice offers unique insight into the Japanese commitment to craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty.

Begin your lesson in the afternoon as you meet at the craft salon where you will meet your licensed craftsman teacher. Get an introduction to the centuries-old practice of ‘watoji’ and learn how the practice has been passed down through by many generations of Japanese practitioners.

During your class you’ll try your hand making your own notebook, using tips from your instructor and provided string, glue and bodkin (a thick needle) to design your own masterpiece. You’ll sew together sheets of ‘washi,’ a special environmentally-friendly traditional craft paper made using native Japanese materials. The special stitching patterns used in ‘watoji’ book-binding can only be completed by hand, so rest assured that your hand-made treasure will be a one-of-a-kind creation.

At the end of your session you’ll have created a personalized souvenir of your wonderful class, along with a growing admiration for Japan’s fascinating commitment to all things handmade.

Customer Reviews

Kali R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This workshop was an amazing experience for me! The teacher was so knowledgable and kind. The instructions were clear and you learn how to make a beautiful book step by step. You won't be disappointed with the results! I highly, highly recommend this if you are interested in doing something that's more personalized and if you appreciate beautiful craftsmanship. Also it's a skill you can continue at home if you choose, so Japan will always stay with you.

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