Suikoushya International Craft School in Kyoto 

Currently, there are several places to learn about woodworking in Japan; however, they are hosted in Japanese. Over the past few months, I have learned that there are many people who wish to study in Japan but are held back because of the language barrier. Due to this, many are hesitant to pursue their dreams of studying woodworking in Japan.

I believe it is a waste for people to give up on thoroughly learning something they are passionate about just because of the language.

So I thought about it… and realised the answer to this big barrier is to build a school catered for English speakers where they can learn these woodworking skills.


This school will be conducted in English where you will learn intensively about traditional Japanese woodworking. It will be taught directly by an active Japanese carpenter. An English speaking carpenter will also be on hand to help translate.


 School course outline: 1-month course 


Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. 1.An introduction to Japanese woodworking tools
  2. Basics of using Japanese Hand tools.
  3. Going to the local tool stores.
  4. Setting up Nomi(chisels)and Kanna (hand planes).
  5. Sharpening tools.


Using Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. Making a sharpening stone base.
  2. Making a tools box.


Making Japanese Joinery:  

  1. Watariago.
  2. Hozo(Mortise and Tenon).
  3. Hozo with Kusabi and Komisen.
  4. Ari Tsugi(dovetail).  
  5. Kama Tsugi.
  6. Sachi Tsugi.
  7. Okkake-Daisen.
  8. Kanawa Tsugi.
  9. Dai-Mochi Tsugi.
  10. Okuri Ari.


*Students may not complete all of the joineries listed above. The number of joineries completed will depend on the individual’s speed. 


Getting familiar with a Kanna:  

  1. Making a Kanna Dai.
  2. Using a Kanna, making a flat surface.  
  3. Challenge getting thin shavings.


The maximum number of students: 4 pax. 


Classes are from Monday to Friday. 9 am to 3 pm.  

Students can question the teacher until 5 pm.  

The school workspace can be used every day (including weekends) from 8 am to 8 pm.


School Fees (for 1 month): 


Enrollment fee ¥50,000  

Tuition fee ¥300,000  

Workshop fee ¥50,000 

Total ¥400,000 



The course of July: July 9th – August 4th.
The course of August: August 6th – August 31st.
The course of September: September 3rd – September 29th.
The course of October: October 1st – October 27th.
The course of November: November 5th – December 1st.
The course of December: December 3rd – December 29th.

The course of January: January 7th – February 2nd.
The course of February: February 4th – March 2nd.
The course of March: March 4th – March 30th.
The course of April: April 1st – April 27th.
The course of May: May 6th – June 1st.
The course of June: June 3rd to June 29th.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a place to stay and meals provided?

A: Currently, we do not provide a place to stay. We recommend finding a place through Airbnb. We are able to provide suggestions if you have trouble finding a place.

Please prepare your own meals. There are few places for a meal near the school.


Q: What is the living cost in Japan?

A: If you look through Airbnb, places to stay are available for about 3,000 Yen a night. If you mostly prepare your own meals, 2,000 Yen a day should be enough. In total, about 150,000 Yen a month.


Q: Do I need to bring tools for the course?

A: We highly recommend bringing the tools you have. We will also take you to the tool store where you can purchase the tools you may want.


Q: Do you need experience to apply in the course?

A: There are no necessary requirements. We welcome beginners to professional carpenters. Students are able to progress the course at their own pace.


Q: Is a certain Visa required?

A: As the course is for one month, there is no need for a special Visa. Please come with the tourist Visa. Please check the length of stay allowed in Japan for your nationality.


Q: Do I get a certificate after finishing the course?

A: Once the course is completed, we will hand you a “course completion” certificate.


Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellation Policy

61 days or more before the start of the course:

  • Full Refund


  • Change the course date


60 days to 41 days before the start of the course:

  • 20% cancellation fee


  • Change the course date


40 days to 21 days before the start of the course:

  • No refund
  • Change the course date


20 days before the start of the course:

  • No refund
  • No course change

*The course can only be changed to a month where there is still an availability.


If you have any other questions, please contact us.


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