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Creating your original lantern at a long-established lantern shop and Ninja dress-up experience

Creating your original lantern at a long-established lantern shop and Ninja dress-up experience

Hosted by Kadota Lantern shop

  • adult 4,500 JPY / guest
    children 4,000 JPY / guest

  • ages 10 and over
  • 1.5 hours total
  • Offered in Japanese

What we will do

During this experience, you will visit a lantern shop which has been in business for over 100 years, located in the atmospheric Kawabata shopping arcade in the heart of Hakata, and try your hand at painting your own design on a lantern to bring it back home with you as an unique souvenir! Then, strolling through the shopping arcade, you will head to the close-by Canal City Tourist Lounge. There, you have the chance to dress up in awesome Ninja attire, which is rounded off by items like Shuriken or a Japanese sword. The staff will take a polaroid picture of you in this cool outfit.

When painting the lantern, you can draw Japanese characters or illustrations to your liking.  Additionally, you can wear a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat (the traditional attire of workmen) during the experience and have your picture taken.

*If you want to write your name in Japanese characters, please tell us your name and pronunciation in advance.
*Since the painted lantern has to be hung outside to dry, you will have to wait for a short while. ​

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About your host

This traditional lantern shop was established in 1825 in its current location, the atmospheric Kawabata shopping arcade, giving you a taste of Japan's past. The huge lanterns on display will catch your eye immediately.
Painting the lanterns by hand is the speciality of this shop's craftman and you will notice his skillfulness on the bright lanterns lined up in front of the store.
You can also witness the craftman at work.
In addition to your unique souvenir, you can also purchase other products like beckoning cats or lanterns in varoius styles and sizes. Ordering an original lantern and have it sent back home overseas is also possible.

Kadota Lantern shop

What your host will provide

Lantern painting experience; Mini lantern to take home

2 - 4 guest

The above is number of people who can apply.

This activity will be held regardless of weather conditions.

Cancellation policy

3 days prior until 6 pm the day before: 50% of the original price; After 6pm the day before up to the same day: 100% of the original price

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■ Please make a reservation until 6pm two days prior to the experience date.

■ Monday - Saturday, 11:00-

■ The lantern shop offers information sheets in various languages, but the lantern maker cannot speak English. If you would like to book an interpreter, we ask for an additional fee of 7,000 Yen.

■ Tax exculded.




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1JPY ≒ 130.77EUR



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