Kurume Kasuri Tour by Fukuoka Now (just 20 seats – book soon!)
Feb. 3, 2018
English Speaking Guide – for the entire trip!
Only ¥3,500 per person! – details below.
Join us for a special tour behind the scenes at Kurume kasuri artisan workshops. This full-day tour includes a delicious Japanese lunch and a chance to design and dye your own bandana, and more. The cost of this tour is subsidized so it’s a great value and also an opportunity to see a lesser known aspect of traditional Japan. Read on for more details and a full itinerary.
Workshop tour and dyeing experience – Ikeda Kasuri Kobo
Here we will watch natural indigo dyeing process and hand weaving processes. Then everyone will design and dye their own bandana. It’s yours to keep!
Lunch at Ekubo
Next we’ll enjoy a gorgeous and colorful feast of seasonal local delicacies at a nearby restaurant.
Sake brewery tour – Hana no Tsuyu
The Hana-no-Tsuyu, founded in 1745, boasts the longest history of all brewers in the area. We’ll tour their wooden warehouse (largest in northern Kyushu) and sample their sake too!
Open house tour
Finally tour participants can freely visit three workshops located in the same neighborhood. Natural indigo dyeing, weaving and the finished products of the artisans can be seen and purchased too!
8:15 Meeting time
8:30 Depart by chartered bus from Tenjin (in front of the Bank of Japan) *meeting subject to change
10:00~11:30 Workshop tour and dyeing experience
11:40~12:40 Lunch at Ekubo
13:05~14:10 Sake brewery tour – Hana no Tsuyu
14:55~16:30 Open house tour
18:00 Return to Tenjin (in front of Bank of Japan)
Participation fee: ¥3,500/person and includes lunch, natural indigo dyeing workshop to make your very own cotton bandana, entry to all venues, chartered bus transportation to and from Tenjin, and an English speaking guide.
Why so inexpensive?
The cost of this tour has been drastically reduced, in return for cooperation by participants with a short written survey to be conducted on the bus on the way back to Tenjin. Information gathered will be used by tourism related offices to promote the areas visited on this tour in the future. The surveys are anonymous. Note: photos from the tour may appear on the Fukuoka Now website, SNS and elsewhere.
• Use this form to make a reservation.
• Participants must be over 20 y.o. and agree to fill out a survey about the tour.
• This tour is only open to non-Japanese persons. All participants must have a passport other than a Japanese passport (not required on the day of course)
• Each participant must fill out the form. If you plan to attend with a friend, they must also fill out the form.
Payment in advance (by bank transfer or in cash at Fukuoka Now office) by Jan. 23 required. Payment instructions will be sent to everyone who makes a reservation and seats will be allotted to the first 20 persons to pay. You can pay for more than one person, but each member must fill out this form.
Check out the photos of a similar tour last November 2016 – click here!
And to learn more about Kurume kasuri read our article – click here!