Suikoushya International Craft School in Kyoto 

Currently, there are several places to learn about woodworking in Japan; however, they are hosted in Japanese. We 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. Active Japanese woodworkers will be the instructors.




1-month woodworking classes outline;


Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  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.

Introduction of Instructor

We conduct our classes with a “spirit of enjoying woodworking” and a “spirit of sharing”. We hope to share Suikoushya’s philosophy “Let’s enjoy woodworking together” with all woodworking lovers.

Instructor; Rodrigo MATSUDA
Woodworking surfboard shaper for 17 years
Graduated from Suikoushya Woodworking one month course in July 2019

After I graduated from Suikoushya International Craft School, my mind was opened to a new world of woodworking.
I will be together with you, sharing and helping all wood lovers to have a new woodworking experience at Suikoushya International Craft School.




  • 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.


All 2024 classes are sold out. Thank you very much.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email us.

January Course: January 8 – February 2(Full
February Course: February 5 – March 1(Full
March Course: March 4 – March 29(Full
April Course: April 8 – May 3(Full
May Course: May 6 – May 31(Full
June Course: June 3 – June 28(Full
July Course: July 8 – August 2(Full
August Course: August 5 – August 30(Full
September Course: September 2 – September 27(Full
October Course: October 7 – November 1(Full
November Course: November 4 – November 29(Full
December Course: December 2 – December 27(Full

School fees





Student’s Experience

Alumni of Suikoushya International Craft School in Kyoto