Ogawamachi Washi Experience Learning Center

Experience 1,300 Years of Washi Paper History

1H ¥1,000~ Culture Recommendation
1H from Tokyo

To make traditional Japanese washi paper, you need harsh cold and clear water. Ogawamachi, in northwest Saitama Prefecture, is a region that has both of these conditions. The Hosokawa paper made here is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and is highly regarded worldwide, having even been used to restore the Louvre and the British Museum.

The Ogawamachi Washi Experience Learning Center is a historical building constructed in 1936 for the study of washi paper, and is a place where craftspeople can learn and practice papermaking. Visitors can also observe and experience the washi-making process, ranging from simple introductory courses to a comprehensive four-day experience.
*Reservations are required for experiences.

Brochures in English and Chinese are available, but staff explanations are in Japanese only, so if you need an interpreter, please contact the Saitama Tourism Support Desk.

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Each papermaking session is carefully guided by an experienced washi craftsperson. You'll learn the fundamental techniques and use them to craft your own paper by hand, making for an unforgettable travel keepsake.

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In the Exhibition Room, visitors can delve into the rich history of Hosokawa paper, designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. With a legacy dating back 1,300 years, washi is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture and serves various purposes, including art restoration. Learn the techniques, unchanged for centuries, and see the plant fibers used to make the paper. There are also artworks showcasing the versatility of washi through several creative expressions.

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The raw material for washi is the bark of the Japanese paper mulberry, called “kozo” in Japanese. During the harvesting season (late November to January), visitors can observe craftspeople manually peeling and washing the bark at the Ogawamachi Washi Experience Learning Center. You can also see other important processes, such as boiling bark to soften the fibers. If the timing aligns, we highly recommend witnessing these traditions firsthand.


Ogawamachi Washi Experience Learning Center - Masayoshi Wakabayashi

Ogawamachi Washi Experience Learning Center - Masayoshi Wakabayashi

For over 20 years, I’ve dedicated myself to the art of washi papermaking. As a certified Traditional Craftsperson of Saitama Prefecture, I prioritize sustainability and am committed to preserving the legacy of Ogawa washi for future generations. My mission is to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience while showcasing the unique qualities of Ogawa washi. I invite you all to come and visit!


226 Ogawa, Ogawamachi, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture 355-0321

Access Information

Take the Tobu Tojo Line or JR Hachiko Line to Ogawamachi Station, then walk for 10 minutes.

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Business hours

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Regular holidays and closed days



≪Introductory Courses≫
【Course A】
Fee :¥1,500 (paper sourced from local mulberry trees)
Content : Plain mulberry paper (test paper 33 cm×45 cm, 5 sheets)
Note : Completed paper will be sent at a later date (postage separate)

【Course B】
Fee :¥1,000 (paper sourced from local mulberry trees and pulp)
Content : 8 postcards (suitable for decoration as origami, etc.)
Note : Completed paper will be sent at a later date (postage separate)

≪Comprehensive Courses≫
【1-Day Course】
Fee :¥5,000
Content : Classroom lecture (explanation of materials, etc.), plain mulberry paper (5 sheets), papermaking, iron plate drying, etc. (paper sourced from local mulberry trees)
Note : Completed paper can be taken home on the same day. In the case of a small number of applications, you may experience the course with other applicants.

【4-Day Course】
Fee :¥20,000 (generally conducted with a minimum of 3 participants)
Content : Classroom lecture (explanation of materials, etc.), plain mulberry paper (several sheets), large-sized paper (approx. 60 cm×91 cm, 2 sheets), mulberry tree preparation tasks, iron plate drying, etc.

Parking Information

Available (not suitable for large buses)

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