Leather ProductsHime Usagi
Himeji is the birthplace of leather working in Japan, with a tanning history that goes back remarkably far, with mentions of Ichi River leather in the Engishiki, a set of 8th century Japanese governmental regulations; use of this leather in Sengoku period (1467-1615) armor, and its presentation as offerings at Shinto shrines.
For a long time, Himeji's tanned leather was sent all over Japan and abroad as raw materials, but in order to promote leather works properly as Himeji products, a training center for leather working, BAIMO Leather Studio, was established.
In Hime Usagi, visitors can purchase sewn leather products made with leather tanned by graduates of the BAIMO Leather Studio.
You can also participate in workshops to engrave your name in Himeji leather, or leather origami crane-making.
Why not consider a leather pouch or small leather item made in Himeji as a souvenir for yourself or a gift for a friend?
Coin locker available
Accepts credit cards
- Train: 5 minute walk north from JR Himeji Station, 1 minute walk west on Nishinikaicho Arcade
- Business Hours
- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Items priced: 1,000 - 40,000 yen
*Activities: Himeji leather, name tag engraving / 800 yen + tax per piece, Himeji leather origami experience (origami cranes, etc.) / 800 yen + tax per piece
Hand-sewing experience on Saturdays and Sundays: 2 types of key rings + 2-3 name tags of your choice / 2,500 yen + tax
Time required: 90 to 120 minutes, first-come, first-served (closed on weekends)
- Monday (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
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