Churaumi Aquarium is a popular tourist spot where you can see Whale sharks up close and personal.
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Gusuku Bingata Some Koubou , you can make your own Bingata coaster & tea mat. Reservations can be made for group visitors and private lessons.
- Phone number0988-87-3414
- ParkingStudio front：1 lot / parking lots are available close to the studio
- TagTraditional craftDyeingHands-on classSouvenirUrasoe-city
Ryukyu Bingata, thought to be at least 500 years old, is a Okinawan traditional dyed fabric that uses stencil paper patterns. The history of Bingata is long, the products made by Bingata artists are all dainty and colorful. To making Bingata, there are 3 steps. Design, Carving the pattern, and covering. Although, at the Bingata experience class, All you need to do is paint your Bingata, so even little kids can enjoy making Bingata. It will take 5 minutes from Gibo station by a car/taxi and it's very accessible. The staff will teach you diligently and teach you pointers to make your Bingata good. To experience a Bingata making class you'll need to make a reservation 3 days in advance.
Why don't you make your own useful Bingata coaster? To experience Bingata coaster making costs 1,400yen. The designs are Hibiscus, Fishes, Birds, Stags beetles, Cicadas. To make a Bingata takes about 30 minutes. If you are beginner, there are models that you can look so don't be scared to try! You can paint your Bingata any way you want. There is also an optional graduation ceremony!
Cherry blossom tea mat
Making tea mats at Bingata is 1600yen. The designs are Shisas, Whale sharks, Cherry blossoms, dinosaurs, and Ryukyu ranger's(Okinawan character). The more popular designs are Shisas and Whale sharks. First, paint the lighter colors, and then the dark colors. By doing so, The color will fit more beautifully on the paper. Make sure there is no unpainted spots by painting all the part there is no glue on them. Your Bingata will be done in 1 week. You can bring your Bingata. Let it dry and wash it with water and it will be completed. It is very exciting to see your own art work!
Bingata for presents and souvenir
There are many products selling the Gusuku Bingata Koubou. A Name card holder, a tie, a pouch, smart phone case, T-shirt, and bags are really good presents and souvenirs. There are seasonal art works too. Bingata is a traditional art craft, but they have cool modern tastes as well. Each of the art works are made wholeheartedly by the craftsman. You will have warm feeling just looking at them.
How to enjoy Gusuku Bingata Some Koubou
Gusuku Bingata Koubou is 46 years old. Since it opened, The shop has a saying "Bingata in living". They wanted people to understand Bingata better through the Bingata experience and products, we can learn more about Bingata. It's recommended to buy the products, but you can have a special experience by making your own! Other than tea mats , there are tote bags, eco bags and tapestries.
The place won't be crowded during regular weekdays, you can enjoy the shop more. To experience making Bingata, it will be conducted at home the place you can relax and enjoy making your Bingata. The staff will teach you how to paint gently. If you have any questions, feel free to ask anytime.
The paints for painting, are hard to remove. So It's recommended to wear casual clothes that are ok to get dirty. Also, you can rent an apron. There are many kinds of aprons. If you want to wear a specific one you like, make sure to make a reservation in advance.
Free parking lots are available. There is one in front of the building, and some are close to the building. If you can't find the parking lots, feel free to ask staff. Group experiences are available, you'll need to make a reservation in advance.
Gusuku Bingata Some Koubou Information
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Postcode:901-2102 4-9-1 Maeda Urasoe-city OKinawa
It takes about 10 minutes from Gibo Station by a car
Sunday, New Year's day, Obon(23rd - 25th of August)
Bingata hands-on class
How to pay
Reservation is available
there is one in front of the shop. and close to the shop
A little advise from Churashima travel
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You can experience making Okinawan traditional crafts! Highly recommended if you want a special souvenir!
If there is no parking lots available, you may have to park at one that is charged.
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