Everyone knows what tatami mats look like, but how many of you know what they are made of, how they are made, and why they are important to Japanese housing? All these questions will be answered when you meet a tatami artisan, who has spent half a century years measuring, repairing, replacing, sawing tatami for Kyotoites.
• Visit Bukkoji Temple to get the sense of being barefoot on tatami mats listen to a brief presentation of interesting facts of tatami from a tour guide. (15 min.) • Meet the artisan of the tour at a tatami mats workshop near Shijo Station filled with the distinctive smell of rush. Learn how tatami mats are made and of what materials. (15 min.) • See the artisan sew a tatami mat by hand, just like the way people used to do in the old days. (15 min.) • Make your original miniature tatami. Pick out its shape from hexagonal, rectangular, and square, and border materials from literally infinite varieties of colors and motifs. (40 min.) • Ask any tatami related questions to the professional to make the most of this opportunity! (10 min.) Rough location and nearest landmark from the tour venue: Subway Shijo Station, Shijo shopping districtInclusive: Transportation fare, English guiding fee, travel insuranceTransportation: between Kyoto Station and Shijo StationRound-trip travel time: 25 minutes