Flax Spinning and Weaving Experience

Flax is a plant that is cultivated for its fiber and seeds, and is known for its beautiful blue flowers that bloom in summer. It was widely cultivated in Hokkaido during the late 19th to early 20th century, but many locals are not aware of this important part of history. In this tour, you can experience spinning flax fibers, weaving it into linen, and creating a covered button souvenir.

This tour program is held at Kobo Amane in Iwamizawa City. The owner Yumi Onoda cultivates flax by herself and turns the fibers into linen all by hand. She will show you how to extract flax fibers, spin it into linen yarn, and weave it into linen cloth using traditional techniques and equipment.

You will spin the flax fibers into linen using a spinning wheel, similar to spinning wool into yarn. Afterwards, you will weave the linen into a small piece of cloth using a loom. You will then use the cloth to make a cute covered button, which you can take home as a souvenir. It’s a great way to experience the versatility of flax and the joy of handicrafts.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.


13:00 Short lecture about flax and linen 
13:30 Flax fiber spinning experience
14:00 Linen yarn weaving experience
14:30 Covered button making experience
15:30 Tour finish
Tour name Flax Spinning and Weaving Experience
Category CRAFTS
Available period Early June to late October 2022 (Sundays only)
Time 13:00-15:30 (2 hours 30 minutes)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 4 persons
Fee ¥4,950 per person (tax included)
For persons aged 13 and above.
Materials cost, guide fee, activity fee, tour insurance
Not included Transportation to and from the venue, personal expenses
Things to bring Comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty (the flax fibers may stick to clothing).
Meetup Location

Kobo Amane
Address: Kurisawa-cho Hissei 329-2, Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido
※Detailed location will be given at the time of reservation.
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Depending on the availability of the guide, we may not be able to accommodate your preferred tour date.
・Please be at the meetup location at least 10 minutes before the start time.
・Tours may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare