We have several options available for both study and stay.

Please look over the information here and check the availability calendars to make a booking or inquiry.

The cost of your residency will vary and is made up of two parts - Tuition and Accommodation which will vary according to the length of your residency and room choice.


Tuition - Includes use of the studio, tools and equipment

 Short Term 

 5 days -¥50000

 7 days - ¥70000

15 days - ¥150,000

These are tuition days - not covering weekends. For example, 7 days tuition requires one weekend as well for a total of 9 days stay.  

 Longer Term 

 After the first 15 tuition days, a reduced amount for tuition can be applied, ¥6000 per day, and after 30 days ¥5000

 Maximum stay 10 weeks.

Please see the residency costs table for examples. The final cost for your stay will depend on days staying, depending on arrival and departure days.

 Own Creative Residencies

 If you are a mokuhanga practitioner, you might like the opportunity to stay and use a well equipped studio to develop new work, gaining inspiration from being in Japan.

Accommodation daily costs and studio use of ¥3000 per day apply. We have a range of tools and materials to buy, and you can easily visit Tokyo for mokuhanga shopping! 

 Please see the Residency Costs Table to work out the cost.


Accommodation - charge is per night

We have priced the accommodation to be similar to low cost backpacker / guesthouse elsewhere in Japan. Actually accommodation in Karuizawa is considerably more expensive but we want you to have the same opportunity as other parts of Japan. so, the prices and facilities you get are a very good price.

You may require additional nights accommodation to cover weekend/s during the period of your residency, please check the calendar.

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 Private Tatami room - ¥5000 per night

This is a 6 tatami mat room (2.6m x 3.5m), and has ample space, storage cupboards, sliding screens and shoji for privacy. It also has an external glass sliding door and exit. Located on the ground floor close to the kitchen and other facilities.

Bedding provided - futon, pillow, sheets, blankets

Also - small table, bedside lamp, kerosene heater for winter

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 Shared Tatami room - ¥3000 per night

This is an 8 tatami mat room (3.5m x 3.5m), and has ample space, storage cupboards, sliding screens and shoji for privacy. Located on the second floor, you may or may not be sharing with male or female, depending on other bookings at that time. 

Bedding provided - futon, pillow, sheets, blankets

Also - privacy partitions and curtains, small tables  and bedside lamps, kerosene heater for winter.


 Other accommodation - elsewhere in Karuizawa

 Karuizawa is generally expensive to stay, however these are options you might look at:

Karuizawa Ekimae APA Hotel - reasonable price for single rooms and an easy walk to the studio.

 Koya Backpackers  - the only affordable / budget backpacker in Karuizawa area. Located in Naka-Karuizawa, 7 kilometers from our studio. Limited public transport is available.

 Hatagoya - motel style accommodation 6 kilometers from our studio.



What is Mokuhanga?


Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara


Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.


Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.


In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.



Kunisada Printmaking tripty




Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!


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Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

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