Nov 14,2018 Try indigo dye experience and a farmhouse stay
How about trying “Japan Blue” – the indigo dye experience – and staying at a Japanese farmhouse in Kameoka, just outside Kyoto City?
The journey to Kameoka starts from JR Kyoto station (20 min.), or from Saga-Arashiyama station (10 min.), famous for its bamboo groves. In this peaceful rural area, you can experience traditional crafts and a Japanese-style farmhouse. Only a 5-minute drive from JR Kameoka station, you’ll visit nature-rich Hozu-cho, crossing the Hozu River, renowned for its scenic river boat rides.
HOZUAI INSTITUTE: Try your hand at the traditional handicraft indigo dye
The unique aizome or indigo dye technique of Kyoto, popular since Medieval times, was lost after World War II. The Institute searched for its plant species, cultivated them in the fields, fermented them, and finally produced its crafts as “Hozuai Indigo Dye.”
You’ll enjoy making your own indigo dye wares. First, draw simple designs such as circles and squares in a cloth. Squeeze the cloth with rubber bands. Immerse it in water, and soak it in indigo solution. Repeat the process of immersing the cloth in indigo solution and washing it with water several times, and the work is completed! It is sure to become an unforgettable memory of Kyoto.You can also purchase rare indigo tea and indigo dye work.
Address: 50 Sannotsubo, Hozu-cho, Kameoka-city, Kyoto
Closed : Sat., 5th Sun.
・Indigo dye experience course
Price: handkerchief ¥ 1000 (1 hour), stole ¥ 2000 (1 hour), T-shirt￥3000(2 hours) etc.
Capacity: need to confirm
Reservation: at least 2 days in advance (by phone or Email)
FARMHOUSE NANA: Enjoy a farmhouse stay
Within a 10-minute walk of the Hozuai Institute, you can stay at a traditional farmhouse. They offer a seasonal farming experience, and options can be added upon request: Trying on traditional Japanese armor (¥500); kimono dressing (¥500); and a tea ceremony (¥1000). They also offer breakfast and dinner if you wish. There are four rental bikes available, and you’ll have fun exploring the Kyoto countryside!
Address: 20 Kamirajyo, Hozu-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto
Contact time: 10am-4pm (weekdays)
Price: ¥ 5000 per person, need 4 people or more
Optional breakfast: ¥ 1000, dinner ¥ 2000 (reservation required)
Bicyclerental deposit: ¥ 5000 (refunded later)
Transportation service: near JR station transfers available (twice)
Reservation: by phone or Email
Rent-a-Cycle at JR Kameoka station for one day trip. Taxi stand in front of the station.
・JR Kameoka Station Tourist Information Office (ENGLISH SPOKEN)
Open: 9am-4pm (Bicycle rental: until 3pm)
Price: E-Bike ¥ 1000, City Bike ¥ 500 (your ID or passport is required)