Everyday (except NY holiday period)

Earth-friendly art: Bamboo straw workshop (with lunch)

Support local tradition and reduce your plastic use!


Traditional craft with an earth-conscious focus! 

On this tour you will have the chance to meet and talk directly with a local lacquer-ware artisan in Northern Miyagi Prefecture. 

After being invited into his workshop space, learn more about the history, tradition and techniques of his craft before trying your own hand at decorating a beautiful lacquered bamboo straw. 

With each use of this straw, not only will you reduce your use of plastic disposables, but you will recall a fond memory of your journey to the Japanese countryside. 

Included in the experience is a delicious lunch of local Japanese cuisine (vegetarian options available), also served in traditional lacquer-ware bowls and dishes. 

Support the local traditions and crafts of Tohoku whilst minimising your ecological footprint. 


What’s Included

> Lacquered bamboo straw workshop
> Lacquered bamboo straw
> Local lunch (vegetarian available)
> Guide
> Insurance

Not included

> Any additional meals and drinks
> Anything not included in the above included list.

Meeting place



Meet your guide at Nakayamadaira-onsen Station and be taken to the nearby lacquer-ware workshop.

**If coming from Sendai by train, the below timetable is most convenient: 

JR Tohoku Line: Sendai Station (08:01) → Kogata Station (08:47) 

JR Rikuu-East Line: Kogata Station (09:07) → Nakayamadaira-onsen Station (10:14)


Begin a lacquerware workshop with the local artisan.

Learn about the techniques and traditions of the craft before you have the chance to decorate your own lacquered bamboo straw with your favourite design. 


After all that creativity, you’ll be in need of a feed! 

Sit down to a delicious lunch of local Japanese cuisine, served in beautiful lacquer-ware bowls and dishes. 

*Vegetarian menu is available upon request!


Enjoy some time to explore the gallery of other beautiful lacquer-ware pieces on display. 


Tour ends back at Nakayamadaira-onsen Station. 


Nakayamadaira-Onsen Station
2-8 persons
9800 yen (※approx. $90 USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Reservations accepted up to one week prior to tour date
Cancellation Policy
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 9800 yen (approx. $90 USD)

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