Kyoto by the Sea

Kurotani Washi

You will find Kurotani Washi paper factory in a small riverside village set against a backdrop of forest. 800 years ago, when a rogue samurai fled to the area, he found the forests here were filled with mulberry trees and started making paper by hand. This ancient art is still practiced in the same location in Kurotani even to to this day.
Tour the village and workshops where paper is still being made slowly and carefully, all by hand. Try making washi paper yourself in a small workshop led by one of Kurotani's artisans.

3 Higashidani, Kurotani-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture
Take the JR Sanin Main Line to Ayabe Station and exit the station from the south exit. Walk 2 minutes from the "Kurotani Washi Kaikan Mae" bus stop on the Kurotani Aya Bus line.
Business Hours
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (paper making activity, last activity of the day starts at 3:30 p.m.)
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Closed from January to March (Open only on Saturday & Sunday)