Tour Booking - Conditions and Payment Options


1. Your place on the tour can be reserved with a 25% deposit of $866. You can also pay in full at time of reservation - Early Bird $3223, Full Price $3465


2. A place cannot be held for you if you have not paid.


3. Booking is on a "First come - first served" basis.


4. Balance of $2599 must be paid before February 15, 2019.


5. An early bird booking discount will be given for payment in full before November 30, 2018. (Full cost with early-bird discount: $3223)


6. Payment by credit card through Paypal Austalia will incur an additional 2.9% fee (Paypal's fee). Payment to our Paypal Japanese account in JPY is fee free.


7. Payment options are:


Payment Method


*Preferred Method* 

Direct Transfer to Bank Account

Pay direct to our Australian bank account through internet banking. Convenient, instant and no fees. Option also available in New Zealand

BSB: 193-879
Account number: 439 500 781
Account Name: Australian Mokuhanga School
Reference: Kyoto Tour & Your Name

Pay Pal - Japanese Yen

*Fee is waived if you select this option

We will send you an email with a link to our Japanese Paypal account, where you can pay with your credit card through their secure system.

Deposit ¥71,000

Full Tour cost (Early Bird) ¥264,200

Full Tour Cost (Normal) ¥284,100

Pay Pal - $AU

Please contact us by email so we can confirm the right amount. We will send you an email with a link to our Australian Paypal account, where you can pay with your credit card through their secure system

*incurs additional 2,9% charge, see the following:

Deposit +$25

Early Bird Full +$93.50

Full Fee +$100.50





Refunds & Cancellations

If we cancel the Tour  If you cancel your booking

1. If there are insufficent numbers to run the tour and the tour is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

2. If the tour is cancelled by us for reasons to do with our operation / personal circumstances a full refund will be given.

3. If the tour is cancelled due to circumstances outside our control, some fees (accommodation) may be deducted, depending on the closeness of the cancellation date to the tour start date. 

 1. Within 3 months of the tour start date a $50 administartion fee will be deducted

 2. Within 2 months of the tour start date a $200 fee will be deducted to cover administration and other costs

 3. Within 4 weeks of the tour start date 50% fee will be deducted

 4. Within 2 weeks of the tour start date 100% fee will be deducted


Tour Changes


1. The tour itinerary may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to deliver the itinerary as planned.


2. Days or tour items may be swapped due to weather, closures or other circumstances.


3. Accommodation may be changed due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Every effort will be made to secure alternative comparable quality, location and cost accommodation.




1. You are accepted on the tour as represented, the tour requires walking and stair mobility.


2. If you are not able to walk 2 to 5 kilometres in a day without problem, or climb stairs as required, then you may not be able to participate in all the activities of the tour.


3. In this event we take no responsibility for your participation on a day to day basis. However guidance will be given to the best of our ability.  We reserve the right to refuse a place if we consider it appropriate.


Allergies and Medical Emergencies


1. You are asked to disclose relevant allergies, particularly food, so your guide can assist you with food and restaurant choice. Before booking the tour, please contact us to determine any degree of difficulty your allergy / food restrictions might cause. Information is available about food restrictions / diet / allergies, please contact us before booking the tour.


2. Your guide is not a native speaker / reader of Japanese, or medically qualified, so cannot take responsibility for your food choices. There is a degree of risk involved due to language / labelling understanding and differing cultural approaches to allergy etc.


3. You are strongly advised to prepare yourself for your needs and to have adequate and appropriate medical insurance. Any medication you require is your own responsibility.




What is Mokuhanga?


Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara


Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.


Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.


In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.



Kunisada Printmaking tripty




Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!


no-poisons no-press




Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

Kyoto Mokuhanga Tours

kyoto torii

 Find out more about these exciting, small-scale and unique tours

Kyoto Mokuhanga Brochure (PDF)

Students Login Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you running classes at later dates?

Yes! Our aim is to make Mokuhanga popular and accessible in Australia, so we would like to run as many courses as we can. This means repeating workshops and weekly courses. If you can't make an already scheduled weekend or weekly time, keep in touch by email, or keep watch on the website for upcoming courses as they are announced.

Do I have to make a Japanese style print?

No - you can make any style of image you prefer! Although the technique is "Traditional Japanese", your image can be anything you like, from realistic to abstract, single colour to multi colour..


The technique and medium lends itself to certain kinds of images - simplified imagery with clear blocks of colour is easiest to achieve for the beginner and fine lines and complicated combinations is better for the more experienced mokuhanga artist.


For your first print we will stress the importance of starting simply, as it is easy to become frustrated with a complicated piece in the beginning as you are just coming to terms with carving and printing.



I have some lino tools, are they OK to use?

Yes and er... no, it depends on the quality of the tools. You can carve with any tools that are sharp enough, and the Shina plywood we supply is relatively soft and easy to carve. With the cheapest tools it is not possible to get a sharp edge and you will soon become frustrated with these. It is better to use tools of higher quality - you will get better results, carving will be easier and more enjoyable, and you will progress quicker.


By all means bring the tools you have to a course and we can look at them and give our opinion. In course you can trial the student sets we sell and see if they are suitable for you.



My hands are not strong, can I carve the wood?

Some older people with weak hands or people with physical problems (such as RSI) find the intensive carving work difficult. If you are not used to using your hands, a weekend workshop can leave your hands tired / sore from holding and pushing the chisels.


If you think it is a problem you will need more time and less pressure to complete the carving and a weekly workshop might be more suited for you. The Shina plywood is relatively soft and with care you can carve a simple project. In the workshop we also have some time to assist your carving.


In the end it is your decision if you would like to try.

Will it take long to become good at Mokuhanga?

How long... well it depends how much you practice like every kind of skill. You could do one course to get the basics and then practice on your own, continuing to make your own mokuhanga, or you could do several courses and move on to more advanced levels. In reality it will take some time to fully grasp the fundamentals, become competent and consistent. Also you may have an existing skill set that you can apply - printmaking skills, art skills with other media, woodworking skills..


So, sorry there is no easy answer.


If you have never printed before it is realistic to aim for a simple, finished print from one course, but you will then need further practice or courses to develop the skills you need to make multi-colour prints with quality printing and registration and few or no errors.