Origami Kaikan is the place where you can enjoy and experience origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. You can see a lot of origami which are displayed at the galleries, you can watch the process of making, dyeing and decorating origami paper, you can also attend classes such as “paper doll making”, “origami folding”, “torn paper arts” and other “washi” handicrafts.
Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan is recognized as one of the “Six Cultural Treasures” of the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo. It was established during the Ansei Period in 1858 and was originally a store for dyeing and manufacturing “washi” papers. Director is Mr. Kazuo Kobayashi who can teach you creating wonderful origami.
On the 3rd floor, there is a shop where you can buy origami souvenirs, decorative colored papers and books.
Admission is free (there is a fee for the lessons).
Address: 1-7-14 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034. Website
Opening hours: 09:30 – 18.00 closed: Sunday and holidays
Access: 7-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi Exit
We visited Origami Kaikan on March when there was a special exhibit for Hina Matsuri, the Girl’s day in Japan.
Author – photographer. Co-founder of Japanbyweb.com.