Make your own Japanese Washi paper!

Japanese Washi Paper-making Workshop

Gold flecks in this handmade paper lend a touch of elegance

ABOUT Japanese Washi Paper-making Workshop

This Japanese washi paper is renowned across the country for its high quality and beauty. The techniques used to make this paper has been handed down for six generations, and incorporates gold flakes into the raw paper material. The paper at the Ueda Handmade Paper Atelier uses “mitsumata” (Edgeworthia chrysantha) grown in the Mimasaka area of Okayama Prefecture as the raw material, and the old techniques and materials for paper-making are still being used today.

Guests can observe paper making anytime; however, to try your hand at making a sheet of this washi paper, please make a reservation in advance.

Other information:

  • Workshop cost: 650 JPY (includes tax)
  • Available on Saturdays between 10:00~12:00 and 13:00~16:00 .
  • Reservation required.
  • Approximate time required: 5 minutes


Tsuyama is a city in central Okayama Prefecture that is nestled in the Chugoku Mountain Range. Tsuyama was a castle town for centuries but after the Meiji Restoration the  castle was dismantled. Despite this, the city retains the charm of a a typical castle town with visitors flocking to its ruins.

Kakuzan Park surrounds the castle grounds and his said to be the best place for cherry blossom viewing in all of Okayama. Though this may be the case, the park is truly magnificent no matter what the season. Another spot to visit is Shurakuen Garden, which was designed to resemble the gardens of Kyoto.  Visitors who enjoy gardens will also enjoy the Chohoji Temple in spring; Chojoji is also known as “The Hydrangea Temple”, and its garden comes into full bloom in June with over 3,500 blooming specimens.

One of the best time to visit Tsuyama is in the summer for the Tsuyama Noryo Gongo Festival held of the banks of the Yoshii River. This colorful festival full of food stalls and fun is a great way to feel the spirit of the local people.  Vibrant summer kimono and festival attire bring summer to life.

The Jotomachinami Historical Preservation Area is a fine area to stroll in year-round, and visitors will enjoy seeing this authentically preserved merchant street.  The Nondaki Waterfall is a beautiful fall of 50 meters height and looks like white silk falling over the rocks.



Want to visit this sightseeing spot or the town it is in. Contact us for a custom-made tour. VisitWestJapan is part of the Ryobi Group of Companies. Offering the largest and best travel and transportation network in West Japan. Serving this area for over 100 years. Let us show the best that West Japan has to offer!

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee