Cleaning and safety practices
Learn about ceramic roof tiles 'onigawara'
Work with clay to create your own onigawara
Get a unique souvenir that you made yourself
This durable, sustainable souvenir last for a hundred years
Learn and make a unique handicraft called 'onigawara'
What's included, what's not
English-speaking guide and explanatory materials
Lecture on onigawara
Shipping of your finished onigawara (please pay on-site)
Know Before You Book
It will take around 1.5 months to dry and fire the clay; your onigawara tile will be shipped afterward. Shipping is not included; please pay on-site
The clay may crack while drying or in the furnace
COVID19 prevention measures will be in place. Also, if the instructor will have a temperature of over 37.5 on your activity date, you will be contacted by 7 am on the day, and you will be refunded
If you are worried about getting your clothes dirty, you can borrow aprons for free on-site
Participants must be aged 13 or older
Please do not bring children, and please move carefully; the venue is filled with breakable handicrafts
Participants will have their temperature checked before the activity starts. Those with a temperature of over 37.5 will not be allowed to participate in the activity, but will not be refunded. If you are unwell, please reschedule in advance
What you can expect
Book this activity to learn about and make a unique handicraft called 'onigawara.' Designed to look like 'oni’ (Japanese ogres or demons), these ceramic roof tiles are said to ward off evil. Listen to a short lecture, then make your own onigawara!
Meaning “demon roof tile,” 'onigawara' refers to ceramic tiles designed to look like 'oni,' Japanese demons. Resembling ogres or gargoyles in appearance, oni are not necessarily evil, and can even help ward off evil — which is why, in ancient Japan, onigawara tiles were used for the roofs of temples, shrines, and feudal lords' residences! Artisans who specialized in onigawara are called 'onishi,' and they were well-respected for their work.
In this activity, you'll make an onigawara that's smaller than the usual size, making it more convenient to ship and easier to display at home. Learn from a skilled onishi who's made onigawara for establishments in Japan and beyond. If you've traveled around Japan, you might have seen some of her creations without knowing it. You can even find her onigawara in Russia, at a high-end hotel with a Japanese garden!
Excluding the optional, free pick-up service from Takahama-minato Station, this activity lasts for approximately three hours and is available all year round. Choose between two start times: 10:00 or 13:00.
09:30 / 12:30 — Pick-up from Takahama-minato Station (optional)
10:00 / 13:00 — Meet at Iwatsuki Onigawara; listen to a lecture about onigawara (what it is, how it's made, etc.).
10:30 / 13:30 — Make your own onigawara
13:00 / 16:00 — Activity ends
Please note that drying and firing the clay will take 1 and half months. You will not be able to take home your onigawara tile right after the activity; it will be shipped afterward. Shipping requires a separate fee; please pay on-site .
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Protective shields in place at main contact areas
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Temperature checks available
- Masks required
- Hand sanitizer provided