Experience Traditional Craft Making at Naruko Onsen! Kokeshi Doll Making Experience

From JPY ¥2,000.00
  • Duration: 1 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Osaki-shi, Miyagi
  • Product code: EN-MYG-7115-71152


Paint your own original picture on Kokeshi dolls. Kokeshi dolls are a traditional craft originating from the Tohoku region! They are popular as an interior decoration because of their cute appearance. Take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your trip!


  • Explore a traditional Kokeshi doll store established in 1876.
  • You can observe an amazing demonstration of the advanced techniques of the craftsmen, award-winning craftsmanship.
  • Enjoy a short, but culture-filled excursion. 
  • Give- away from a cute and popular kokeshi doll paperclip!


[00:00] Before you start painting, make a rough sketch of what kind of kokeshi you want to paint.

[00:10] Time to paint your special kokeshi!
Enjoy drawing however you like! Traditional patterns, contemporary clothing, or even your own portrait; you can draw anything!
You can also watch a demonstration of kokeshi making by a fourth-generation craftsman who has won numerous awards.

[00:50] At the end of the experience, you will get a popular Kokeshi doll clip!


Naruko Onsen is a hot spring resort that developed after the eruption of Mount Naruko in 837 and has 374 hot springs, which together with the neighboring areas provide 9 of the 11 types of hot springs in Japan. It is one of the three most famous hot springs in Tohoku, along with Iizaka Onsen and Akiu Onsen. In the surrounding area, the unique and beautiful nature created by the hot springs changes its appearance from season to season, making it a popular destination for both Japanese and foreign tourists.
In this plan, you can try your hand at painting kokeshi dolls at Okazaki Sai's Shop, a kokeshi doll shop in Naruko. Kokeshi dolls are simple wooden dolls with spherical heads and cylindrical bodies that are painted, originating from the Tohoku region. Kokeshi dolls, with their round shape and exotic atmosphere, are sure to be appreciated as souvenirs when you return home.
Try making a unique doll as a memory of your trip to Tohoku.


  • Duration:1 hour
  • Meeting point:Hitoshi Okazaki's Workshop
    96 Aza-Yumoto, Naruko-Onsen, Osaki-shi, Miyagi 989-6823
  • Access: 5-minute walk from Naruko Onsen Station on the JR Rikuu East Line
  • Language support:Japanese, English (Instructions)
  • Included:Materials fee, hands-on experience fee, demonstration fee, souvenir fee
  • Excluded:Transportation
  • Participation requirements:
    ・Wheelchairs are accessible.
    ・Wheelchairs are accessible for all transportation.
    ・Wheelchairs are accessible for all surfaces (no uneven terrain, stairs, etc.).
    ・Strollers are accessible. 
  • Free Wi-Fi:No
  • Toilet (Western-style):Yes


・Face masks required for travelers in public areas
・Face masks required for guides in public areas
・Face masks provided for travelers as needed
・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
・Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
・Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.