“Mikuni Chochin lantern Itoya” in Mikuni-minato (an old district in Mikuni) is a studio which values the traditional way of handmaking and handpainting. On this occasion we would like to meet customers’ demand to “make a chochin lantern from scratch”, by enabling you an “authentic chochin lantern making”, which starts from pasting the painted washi paper onto the chochin’s framework. It is a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with materials, such as Fukui’s traditional handicraft Echizen Washi, which creates a soft lighting characteristic of Japanese lighting.

Paint a design of your choice on the washi paper.
Placing thin strips of bamboo
Make a framework by placing bamboo strips
onto the wooden model.
Putting some glue
Put some glue onto the framework made
by bamboo strips
Pasting the washi paper.
Paste the washi paper evenly onto the framework.
Removing the wooden model
After quickly drying with a dryer, remove
the washi paper from the wooden model.
Glueing together
Glue the top and bottom hem of the chochin
lantern and fold and glue them onto the interior.
Drying・Attaching the wooden frame
Dry the chochin lantern with the dryer and
attach the wooden frame to the top and bottom
parts of chochin lantern.

Original Item

Itoya studio’s original materials
Even small children or those who are not good at painting can easily make an elegant and pretty chochin lantern by using Itoya’s original material. By stamping the Fukui’s sightseeing spots with our original stamps, or stamping pretty flowers with the stamps made of eraser, you can come up with myriad of combinations.

Chochin lantern which travels
Mikuni Town・Fukui prefecture.

By stamping our original stamps with Fukui’s sightseeing spots, your lantern will look as if it has traveled to various sightseeing spots. I also recommend stamping the stamp of your travel destination.

Flower chochin lantern

Flower series is popular among female customers. You can make a chochin lantern with flowers from various seasons, and if you stamp each part with different flowers, you can make a lovely flower chochin lantern depending on how you arrange them.

Hand- and footprints art
Anniversary Chochin lantern

You can either use pieces of washi paper to make a paper cutout, or stamp hand- and footprints of your child with a water-based paint onto the chochin lantern to keep record of your child’s growth.


Date Held as needed Ca.2 hrs. from 14:00~16:00
(Closed on Wed・Sat・Sun)  ※New Year holidays negotiable
Address Kitamoto-cho 4-4-46 (Google map)
※Parking available, 6min walk to the Echizen-tetsudo railway’s “Mikuni Station”
Price ¥2500 (incld. Tax) per piece
Payment by cash on the spot/ Group fee available for group of 4 or more/
Mini lighting included
Condition for
Small children need parental accompaniment
Minimum number
of participants
Reservation Required (16:00 of previous day) ※Cancellation needs to be notified
Contact 0776-81-3574 (Kojima/ 9:00~18:00)