Hyogo | 5.5h
Let's Enjoy Handicrafts in Kobe, Find the Craftsman in You!

Let's talk to local craftsmen in their small shops and studios

Do you ever think, I like buying crafted goods but I want to make them myself? This the tour for you in the handicraft city, Kobe. Walk through the city where famous buildings line up, explore museums, shops and work studios. First stop, you will challenge Tombo ball making and make beautiful accessories. Next is Motomachi, where fancy shops line up. You will find ceramics and stylish everyday items. See the true work of the Kobe craftsmen. Finally, you will have a hands-on experience, in a studio refurbished from a historical school. There are 60 types of items to make, from candle to matchbox making. Your tour guide will explain to you all the detail that craftsman tells you.


・Experience a hands-on experience ・Visit shops where handicraft can be felt ・Your tour guide will support your communication with the craftsmen


・Tombo Ball Museum: Let's make a beautiful art glass. Rounded glass beads are known at Tonbo balls since they resemble the eyes of a dragonfly. Tombo is also known for giving autmn feels in Japan. There are also artworks of craftsmen from all over the world. 
・Kobe Lamp Museum: It is a museum specializing in lamps, light and glass colors, and light and glass shades. There are unique lamps which have originated from Japan, but also modern lamps which have incorporated technology from Western countries. Let's take the time to enjoy the differents handicrafts made. 
・Doll Museum: Located neat the Kobe International Port, this museum exhibits dolls and mechanic dolls from all over the world. The owner's family used to import dolls into Japan, of which are exhbited here. Take the time to enjoy the beauty and delicacy of each doll! 
・sunset Moon (Goods shop): Let's go to local small shops were craftsmanship can be felt. Here, items bought in the Mediterranean, such as Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia are exhibited. It is usually find to hard such items in Japan, however they are available in the international city of Kobe! 
・Tsubakuro Goods Shop: A store of selected items of artists, some nostaligic, retro items only available here! Look for practical but pretty items such as dishware, and also some rare postcards which will make you laugh unexpectedly. 
・Kitano Kobo-no-machi: Now, let's see your craftmanship. There are over 20 shops with over 60 different hands-on experiences. Once you start your work you will be taken away by your work, that you'll even lose track of time!


・Please wear comfortable clothing as you will be walking a lot
・Tour finishing spot is different to meeting spot. Please contact your tour guide if you would like to change the finishing spot
・Lunch (dinner) spot is not included, but meals can be purchased at rest spots
・Kobe Lamp Museum is closed on Mondays. Please note other locations maybe changed when temporarily closed.
・If you decide to do all recommended activities, the cost will be 3290 yen.
(Tombo ball making: 1250yen, Japanese candle making: 1512yen, Matchbox making: 540yen)

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY1,000 /person)

Meeting Point

JR Sannomiya Station Midori no Madoguchi (Ticket Office)

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