Traditional sandal craftwork (Making straw/cloth sandals)

This is a tour to experience making traditional sandals.
Cultivation of rice has been popular in Niigata Prefecture for a long time so various craftwork using straw as material is very common. Until seventy to eighty years ago, during the winter period, each family had been making income by making sandals or other items made out of rice straw.
Nowadays though, it is rare to see crafts made from straw and there are only a few people who makes them, so this craftwork have become very valuable. Craftwork experiences like making these straw sandals have become rare and looking at this handiwork as it is weaved little by little is like looking at a masterpiece.
In this experience, you will make straw sandals with the local craftsmen in the area. You will have an option to make sandals using rice straw or colorful cloths as materials. Please indicate your choice of material when you book the tour.
You will have a choice of cloth design and color for the slipper strap and sandal so you can create your own unique craft!
The finished sandal can be worn when you go to the beach or river during the summer or can also be used as a home slipper or as an interior décor. How about making an original sandal to remember your trip?


Traditional sandal craftwork (Making straw/cloth sandals)
AddressNiigataTokamachiWithin Tokamachi City (exact location will be shared after booking)
FeeJPY 3000 / 1 person
craftwork lesson, venue, materials, accident insurance
PeriodAll seasons
Opening time13:30~16:00
Required timeApprox. 2.5h
Advance reservationBooking deadline is 3 days before tour date.
Minimum number of participants2
ContactHOME away from HOME Niigata