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Discover the World of “Japan Blue” Indigo Dyeing


Visit a traditional artist's atelier in the Mt. Fuji area and create a one-of-a-kind piece


Cherished within Japan for centuries, the traditional art of indigo dyeing has become immensely popular overseas as well. Characterized by a stunning deep blue hue, the dye is also called “Japan Blue.” Although the traditional dye made from indigo leaves has become increasingly rare due to modern production methods, a number of artisans continue to protect this age-old art. Get closer to the living tradition of Japan Blue at a private indigo dyeing atelier tucked in the mountains of Tsuru City in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Discover the painstaking process and techniques involved in this precious craft as the resident artist recounts amazing stories based on her long-standing research of ancient Japanese materials and traditional methods. Then, with expert guidance, try your hand at dyeing a t-shirt or scarf and take home your own authentic piece of Japan Blue.


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Before you leave, be sure to admire the top-quality artworks dyed in the itajimeshibori technique, which creates striking geometrical and asymmetrical patterns. This insightful journey into the deep world of indigo dyeing is sure to delight fans of traditional Japanese craft and cultural heritage.

Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Chuo Line Special Rapid Takao train to Takao Station (about one hour), then transfer to the local train on the same line for Uenohara Station (about 20 minutes). Private transportation can be arranged to and from the station; a taxi will take about 35 minutes. 


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Indigo Studio AYA


658-1 Asahisoshi, Tsuru-shi, Yamanashi-ken


Approx. 2 hours or more




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