Atelier Information

English OK
Address 1 Shinsenen-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Holiday Mondays & Tuesdays
Business time 11:30~18:00
Workshop info

The last standing spinning top maker
In Momoyama period (1568-1600), imperial court ladies used to wind bright-colored kimono fabric strips around a bamboo rod to make a “tatami room spinning top”, the ancestor of modern Kyo-koma, or Kyoto spinning top. The craft of spinning top making has long flourished, but now Jakkyu remains the only place in Kyoto to carry on this unique tradition. No edged tools are involved in Kyo-koma shaping process: flat cotton strips dyed in vivid colors are rolled around a bamboo rod using only fingers. Even today, elegant Kyoto spinning tops are popular for their beautiful smooth rotation.

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Interpreter:not necessary
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Price ¥400~¥200,000
Price example Spinning top made from cotton ¥3,000
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[005-01] Entry level: Atelier visit & Kyoto spinning top making experience Show detail


How about a rare experience of making of an original colorful Kyoto spinning top in a studio situated just near Nijo Castle?

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Reservation deadline: 3days before
Number of participants: 1~4 people
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Time Required:
about 1.5 hour

Craftsman profile

Yoshiyuki Nakamura

Yoshiyuki Nakamura


1968 Born in Kyoto.
Studied the making of Kyoto spinning tops under his father when he was an elementary school student.
2002 Resigned from a company and started the production of Kyoto spinning tops to revive the tradition.
2005 Kyo-koma became a certified Traditional Craft.
2008 Provided the Pontocho and Miyagawa-cho Kagai (flower districts) with Kyoto spinning tops.
2011 Exhibition and craft demonstration in the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts, Germany

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