Mokuhanga Residency in Japan

Mokuhanga Residency in Japan

Mokuhanga Residency in Japan

Your opportunity to learn mokuhanga - traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking - in amazing Japan!

Stay and learn, be inspired by the beauty and culture of Japan with access to amazing Tokyo only 1 1/4 hour away. We are based in the picturesque Alpine resort town of Karuizawa.

Our mokuhanga residencies are available from 1 week to almost 3 months and provides one-to-one tuition, a workshop equipped with a wide range of professional Japanese printmaking tools and equipment, and traditional tatami room accommodation.

The residency also provides the opportunity to view traditional and contemporary prints first hand, access a wide range of information and resources relevant to mokuhanga and to interact with a professional artist and teacher with international training, experience and exhibition history. The one-to-one tuition also allows the student to gain skills and knowledge, and to access information and resources not normally available in a workshop setting.

Step through the process of designing, carving and printing woodblock prints using traditional and contemporary techniques of Japanese water-based printmaking. Suitable for beginners through to professional artists, you will be able to produce your own work with assistance and guidance from Terry in all aspects of mokuhanga. Since opening in February 2019, we have had wonderful talented artists from Mexico, Australia, USA, England, France Spain, Italy, France, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.. it's fantastic to meet printmakers from all over the world.


Study with us to learn:

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Fundamentals skills of mokuhanga, design, carving & printing

Core assosiated skills: tool sharpening, understanding and maintaining tools and equipment, baren wrapping etc..

Appreciation and understanding: mokuhanga history, other artists work, concepts & ideas

Personal development: improving your mokuhanga practice, understanding Japanese culture, new friends and fun!!


My residency was one of the best decisions I could have made regarding delving deeper into the marvelous world of Japanese woodblock printmaking.
The location of the School couldn't be better, as it's easily reached from Tokyo and is surrounded by the beautiful and quiet town of Karuizawa, which only adds to the creative inspiration and to the whole experience!
The School provides every tool or resource a carver or printmaker could ever need regardless of their level, from first time carvers to seasoned artists or artisans.
All the knowledge I obtained during my one month stay in this School is invaluable! - Camilo Díaz Ocampo (México) 2019

My time at Karuizawa Mokuhanga School was so worthwhile. I learnt so much and had a lot of fun. If you are thinking about learning Mokuhanga, what better place than in Japan in a welcoming and relaxed studio environment.... - Bec Pittman (New Zealand) 2019

My two-week residency exceeded my expectations.  Terry is a very patient, generous and encouraging teacher in the arts of the Japanese woodcut and coupled with the convenience of the studio location and quiet charm of Kuruizawa made the overall experience positively rewarding and worthwhile.
Thank you Terry for being such a great host as well as a teacher! - Siokhoon Pek (Singapore) 2019


Check availability here.. 


What we provide

Not Provided

 Accommodation (see below)
 Tuition Access 11am to 5pm, Monday to Friday* 
 Access to tools and Equipment
 Use of the studio on weekends and outside tuition hours   
 Materials for an initial mokuhanga project
 Pigments and some sundry materials
 Use of bicycle
 Kitchen, washing machine etc
 Free Wi-fi (unlimited data)
 Small library of mokuhanga books
 On-site tools and materials shop
 Tea, Coffee & milk

 Your Travel costs and insurances
 Food (however tea and coffee available at the studio)
 Mokuhanga Materials for your on-going projects (see below)


*Tuition takes place on weekdays, which is a mixture of direct tuition and access to Terry. Terry may also be at the studio outside these times working on his own projects.



Accommodation Details

We have Japanese style tatami rooms with shared facilities. You may be sharing the residency, and shared areas of the accommodation with other artists. There is no smoking allowed in the studio or accommodation, and also no pets. The house has a reasonably equipped kitchen, and supermarkets, convenience stores and a large variety of restaurants and cafes are nearby. The toilet, Shower / Bath are shared. You can enjoy a Japanese style bath. The studio is only ten minutes walk to Karuizawa station where Shinkansen, bus and local train services are available, the studio is in the midst of one of Japan's most popular and busy resort towns, however we are in a quiet side street.

Location in Karuizawa



Mokuhanga Materials

Materials for an initial first print (A4 or smaller) will be provided. After this you will be responsible for purchasing materials (wood, polyfilm & paper) for your mokuhanga projects, either bringing your own, buying from the studio, or buying elsewhere in Japan. The scale and scope of your projects will be your choice, however Terry may give you recommendations on projects to improve your skills. We have a range of materials available, can help you order in Japan, and also provide you with information on suppliers.


Prices ~ Tuition, Accommodation and Studio Access

Final price depends on your accommodation choice


  5 Days (minimum) 7 Days 15 Days Additional days*
Tuition with Studio Access


 + accommodation


+ accommodation


+ accommodation

After 15 days ¥6000 per day

After 30 days ¥5000 per day 

+ accommodation


Shared Tatami room

¥3000 per night (2 places)

Private Tatami room

¥5000 (1 room)


Reduced prices for stays longer than four weeks.

*maximum time 10 weeks


You can find more information about the pricing in the Residency Costs tab below.

Payment of ¥10,000 deposit is required at time of booking confirmation, and the balance on arrival.


Application Process

Use the form on this page to contact us, filling in your preferred dates and other information. We will get back to you with availability as soon as we can. The places are offered on a "first come - first served" basis.



Other Residency Options


Self-directed Mokuhanga 

Work on your own mokuhanga project independently. Use of the studio and equipment is available, but tuition is not included. Make use of the authentic and inspiring location to develop new work.  Apply for pricing - daily fee and accommodation

Other Accomodation

Use other local accommodation while you receive tuition Tuition fee applies

Other Creative Residency   

Stay and work on your own creative work, enjoying and gaining inspiration from an authentic Japanese environment.   

Media limitations apply, 

Accommodation and studio access (if needed) fees apply 


More Residency Information

Studio Pictures

A few pictures of the studio and location (winter...)!

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Residency Options and Information


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.



Residency Costs Table

This table allows you to see the overall cost of your residency, depending on the options you choose.

Note that tuition is Monday to Friday, so each full week of seven days has 5 days tuition plus 2 additional nights stay. Depending on your dates starting and finishing, there may be some variation in the tuition days and accomodation nights. Please ask to confirm the cost.

Residency Costs Table                     
 Residency                  Tuition days Stay nights Tuition Only Tuition + Shared Room Tuition and Private Room    Own Creative Shared Room Own Creative Private Room Studio Use per day
5 Days 5 5 ¥50,000 ¥65,000 ¥75,000   ¥15,000 ¥25,000 ¥3,000
7 days 7 9 ¥70,000 ¥97,000 ¥115,000   ¥27,000 ¥45,000  
2 weeks 10 14 ¥100,000 ¥142,000 ¥170,000   ¥42,000 ¥70,000  
15 Days 15 19 ¥150,000 ¥207,000 ¥245,000   ¥57,000 ¥95,000  
3 weeks 15 21 ¥150,000 ¥213,000 ¥255,000   ¥63,000 ¥105,000  
4 weeks 20 28 ¥180,000 ¥260,500 ¥313,000   ¥84,000 ¥140,000  
5 weeks 25 35 ¥210,000 ¥308,000 ¥371,000   ¥105,000 ¥175,000  
6 weeks 30 42 ¥240,000 ¥355,500 ¥429,000   ¥126,000 ¥210,000  
7 weeks 35 49 ¥265,000 ¥394,500 ¥475,000   ¥147,000 ¥245,000  
8 weeks 40 56 ¥290,000 ¥433,500 ¥521,000   ¥168,000 ¥280,000  
9 weeks 45 63 ¥315,000 ¥472,500 ¥567,000   ¥189,000 ¥315,000  
10 weeks 55 70 ¥365,000 ¥536,500 ¥638,000   ¥210,000 ¥350,000  
      Tuition after 15 days
per day
 Shared room
per night
 Private room
per night
      ¥6000 ¥3000 ¥5000   ¥3000 ¥5000  

* Room rate reduces after 21 nights

Residency Bookings Calendar

Please check the calendars below for available times and accommodation at our studio.

When you contact us we can confirm availability with you - use the contact form on the right. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mokuhanga Residency Information

Mokuhanga Studio Stay and Study Information

Welcome to our Mokuhanga Studio Residency. We want you to feel comfortable while you are with us, and also to get the best use of your time, so please read the following information. A more comprehensive guide will be emailed to you after your residency is confirmed.


About staying with us
We have had many people stay with us short or longer term, and enjoy the company, and especially teaching you about mokuhanga. We look forward to see your work and progress. We hope you feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. The studio is a house is a semi-residential area, with two rooms available for accommodation, a carving studio, printing studio/kitchen, office, and other household facilities. While you are staying please make yourself comfortable. You will be shown the facilities and what is available to use when you arrive. 

About the neighbourhood
There is a mix of residential homes, holiday houses and shops as our neighbours. We ask you to respect the quiet and orderly nature of the area and Japanese society in general - everything you do reflects no only on yourself but also on our studio and standing in the community, and visitors to Japan in general. We do have some house rules, please make yourself familiar with them.

We are located in Karuizawa, a short 10 minute walk from Karuizawa station (Shinkansen & local trains). A well-stocked supermarket is nearby, as well as a Post Office, convenience store, restaurants and cafes, There are many pleasant walks around town and in the nearby hills to enjoy in your break times. Tokyo is just over an hour away by shinkansen, and there are many interesting destinations further into Nagano either by local trains or shinkansen. Karuizawa itself is a famous resort town with many facilites and is often very busy with domestic and international tourists.

Karuizawa Weather
Karuizawa is an alpine resort town, while summers are generally very comfortable without the extreme heat and humidity of other parts of Japan, winters are cold and with occasional heavy snow. The studio has a wooden floor, which is cold on the feet so please bring warm slippers, even in warmer months.

Studio Timetable
• Tuition available from 11.00am until 5.00pm
• Lunch 12pm (according to progress) for about half an hour
• Tea / Coffee break - any time we feel like it!

You may continue to work on your own as you feel like. Please make the most of your opportunity.

TV / Internet / Phone
These are not provided at the studio - please arrange your own phone and internet access before you arrive. There is free Wi-fi available at Karuizawa station, just a short walk away.

Bathroom / Laundry
The bathroom and toilet is shared, and a washing machine is available for you to use when you wish. Clothes are hung outside to dry on the second floor verandah. We have a Japanese style bath which is very nice to relax in!

Smoking / Alcohol
There is no smoking allowed in the studio. You may enjoy a little alcohol as you feel like outside work hours, but we don't want this to interfere with your study, or to create any disturbance with other students or neighbours.

There are no pets at the studio, and no facility for pets to stay.

Inviting guests to the studio is not allowed without prior permission.

About preparing meals
You are free to prepare meals and drinks as you feel like it. The kitchen is also used as our printing studio, so please make sure you have tidied up after your meals. You are welcome to eat your meals wherever is convenient, however please take care not to spill food or drink on the tatami mats.

General cleanliness
You are responsible for cleaning up after yourself and making the work areas, shared facilities, bathroom and toilet good to use both for yourself and other people using the studio. There is no room service, it's up to you to keep your room tidy. Feel free to use the washing machine to wash your sheets as you feel like.

Shoes are not worn inside the studio, as is almost universal in Japanese houses. The small entrance area (genkan) has a cupboard to store your shoes. Slippers are worn inside as needed.  (please don't wear the slippers outside)

Tatami mats
Your bedrooms have tatami mats which have some rules - only socks or bare (clean) feet may be used on the tatami. This is a universal rule in Japan! You may take food or drink into your rooms, but please take care not to spill anything on the mats. You will be required to pay for an damage to the mats.





 naka karuizawa

 The town of Karuizawa at the foot of Asama-yama, in Nagano

What is the best time to stay in Karuizawa? Every season has it's own charms, there is no bad time to be here.


March / April / May 


June / July / August 


September / October / November 


December / January/ February 

Cherry Blossoms (late April) leading to fresh green leaves.. still cold in March, but warming up..

May is beautiful, with warm days, cool nights, fresh mountain air and beautiful green everywhere..

Warm, even hot, with the forest and alpine cool that has made Karuizawa a favourite Summer break..

Japan has a 5th season - "Tsuyu" the rainy season, usually two or three weeks at the end of June, but it's a good time for printing!

Gradually getting cooler and even cold by the end of November, with amazing Autumn leaves in October, early November...

"Akebare" means beautiful sunny Autumn day, not a cloud in the sky! 

Cold with snow.. crisp air and sunny days, heated rooms and perfect for carving and printing..

Japan's winter is the dry season - not so much rain with cold and sunny days.

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Read some more about Karuizawa on these tourism websites:

Go! Nagano (This website also has information about nearby attractions)


Karuizawa Location



Residency Availability


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Residency Application

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