Atelier Information

Asada Kawara Factory
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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
Business time 9:30~18:00
Workshop info

● Silvery gloss created by careful polishing
Silvery gloss is the greatest feature of Kyo-gawara, the tiles that cover the roofs of temples and shrines. Kyoto tiles are made from high-quality clay, polished with a metal spatula until they are shiny and fired in a kiln at a high temperature. Asada Kawara is the only factory which still produces Kyoto tiles by hand. Onigawara (ridge-end tiles bearing the face of a demon), an indispensable element of traditional buildings, are reproduced here for restoration purposes after a thorough research about their style, materials and production method.

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Price ¥1,000~a few million yen
Price example Shoki-san ¥20,000
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Tour list

[038-01]Atelier visit (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

Atelier visit

Learn about Kyo-gawara production from 3rd generation master craftsman, the last maker of traditional handmade tiles.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~30 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
5,000yen
Time Required:
1 hour
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[038-02]Shoki-san making experience (with a netsuke included) 詳細表示

Workshop

Learn the secrets of Shoki-san making from the last producer of traditional handmade tiles.

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Reservation deadline: On the same day
Number of participants: 2~13 people
Same-day reservation OK
Price:
8,000yen
Time Required:
2.5 hours
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Craftsman profile

Masahisa Asada

Masahisa Asada

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After graduating from the Osaka Institute of Technology in 1972, he entered his family business, Asada Kawara Factory, that was founded by his grandfather in 1913 in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. Besides the roof tiles, he creates other products, such as popular Shoki-san straps or lampshades.

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