Residency and Study in Japan



Residency and Study in Japan

Now offering residencies and learning opportunities in Japan, based in the picturesque Alpine resort town of Karuizawa.

Stay and learn, be inspired by the beauty and culture of Japan with access to amazing Tokyo only 1 1/4 hour away.  Commencing February 2019, residencies are available from 1 week to almost 3 months.

The residency provides one-to-one tuition and the workshop is equipped with a wide range of professional Japanese printmaking tools and equipment,

The residency also provides the opportunity to view traditional and contemporary prints first hand, access a wide range of information and resources relevant to Mokuhanga and to interact with a professional artist and teacher with international training, experience and exhibition history. The one-to-one tuition also allows the student to gain skills and knowledge, and to access information and resources not normally available in a workshop setting.

Step through the process of designing, carving and printing a woodblock print using traditional and contemporary techniques of Japanese water-based printmaking. Guided travel to Tokyo mokuhanga shops, galleries and museums or deeper into Nagano to amazing places of interest also available.

 naka karuizawa

 The town of Naka-Karuizawa at the foot of Asama-yama, in Nagano

Thank you for your patient and competent tuition... I learnt such a lot in the way that I learn best - by doing it with my own hands under the leadership of an experienced tutor. - Gwenyth Wilson-Rudström, 2016

My residency was a wonderful experience.. making new work in the studio with Terry was educative and comprehensive.
It enabled me to adopt a striking number of additional techniques for my future Mokuhanga and I look forward to applying all that I have learnt from Terry, who is a master of the discipline. - Deborah Metz, 2016

Great experience and excellent value for money. Working with Terry one on one meant I was able to focus on specific areas of my practice I was struggling with, dedicating enough time to gain a thorough understanding through both theory and practical application. Terry's flexibility in approach to both form and content meant I got a truly unique and tailored experience. His wealth of knowledge about the medium and easygoing style makes me certain that anybody wanting to take their practice to the next level would get the same. Highly recommended and I'll definitely be back! - Mat Paul, 2017

  Check availability here.. 

Suitable for beginners through to professional artists, you will be able to produce your own work with assistance and guidance from Terry in all aspects of mokuhanga.


What we provide

Not Provided

 Accommodation (see below)
 Tuition Access 11am to 5pm, Monday to Friday 
 Access to tools and Equipment
 Access to the studio on weekends and outside tuition hours   
 Materials for an initial mokuhanga project 

 Your Travel costs and insurances
 Food (however tea and coffee available at the studio)
 Mokuhanga Materials for your on-going projects (see below)


*Tuition takes place on weekdays, Terry may be at the studio outside these times working on his own projects.


Accommodation Details

Japanese style tatami rooms with shared facilities. You may be sharing the residency, and shared areas of the accommodation with other artists. There is no smoking allowed in the studio or accommodation, and also no pets. The house has a reasonably equipped kitchen, and supermarket and a variety of restaurants and cafes are nearby. Toilet, Shower / Bath are shared. You can enjoy a Japanese style bath. Only ten minutes walk to Karuizawa where both Shinkansen and local train services are available, the studio is in the midst of one of Japan's most popular and busy resort towns, however in a quiet side street.

Location in Karuizawa



Mokuhanga Materials

Materials for an initial first print (A4 or smaller) will be provided. After this you will be responsible for purchasing materials for your mokuhanga projects, either bringing your own, buying from the studio, or buying elsewhere in Japan. The scale and scope of your projects will be your choice, however Terry may give you recommendations on projects to improve your skills. We have a range of materials available, can help you order in Japan, and also provide you with information on suppliers.


Prices ~ Tuition & Accommodation

Final price depends on your accomodation choice


  5 Days (minimum) 7 Days 15 Days Additional days*


 + accommodation


+ accommodation


+ accommodation

¥6000 per day

+ accommodation

Accommodation ¥3000 - 5000 per night     *maximum time 10 weeks 


You can find more information about the pricing in the Residency Costs tab below.

 Payment of ¥10,000 deposit is required at time of booking confirmation, and the balance on arrival.


Application Process

Use the form on the right to contact us, filling in your preferred dates and other information. We will get back to you with availability as soon as we can. The places are offered on a "first come - first served" basis.



Other Residency Options


Independant Mokuhanga 

Work on your own mokuhanga independantly. Use of the studio and equipment is available, but tuition is not included.  Apply for pricing 

Other Accomodation

Use other local accommodation while you receive tuition Tuition fee applies

Other Creative Residency   

Stay and work on your own creative work, enjoying and gaining inspiration from an authentic Japanese environmanet.   

Media limitations apply, 

Accommodation and studio access (if needed) fees apply 



More Residency Information

Residency Options and Information

We have several options available for both study and stay.

Please look over the information here and check the availability calendars to make a booking or inquiry.

The cost of your residency will vary and is made up of two parts - Tuition and Accommodation which will vary according to the length of your residency and room choice.

Tuition - Includes use of the studio, tools and equipment

 Short Term 

 5 days -¥50000

 7 days - ¥60000

15 days - ¥125,000

These are tuition days - not covering weekends. For example, 7 days tuition requies one weekend as well for a total of 9 days stay.  

 Longer Term 

 After the first 15 days, a reduced amount for tuition can be applied, ¥6000 per day

 Maximum stay 10 weeks.

 Example 6 weeks (including 5 weekends):

 Intitial tuition 15 days ¥125,000 + following 15 days ¥90.000 = ¥215,000

 plus accomodation costs for 42 nights* (eg dorm room total  ¥126,000)


 Please see the Residency Costs Table to work out the cost.


Accommodation - charge is per night

We have priced the accommodation to be similar to low cost backpacker / guesthouse elswhere in Japan. Actually accommodation in Karuizawa is considerably more expensive but we want you to have the same opportunity as other parts of Japan. so, the prices and facilities you get are a very good price.

You may require additional nights accommodation to cover weekend/s during the period of your residency, please check the calendar.

 tatami mat(Picture coming soon)

 Private Tatami room - ¥5000 per night

This is a 6 tatami mat room (2.6m x 3.5m), and has ample space, storage cupboards, sliding screens and shoji for privacy. It also has an external sliding door. Located on the ground floor close to the kitchen and other facilities.

Bedding provided - futon, pillow, sheets, blankets

Also - small table, bedside lamp

 tatami mat(Picture coming soon)

 Shared Tatami room - ¥3000 per night

This is an 8 tatami mat room (3.5m x 3.5m), and has ample space, storage cupboards, sliding screens and shoji for privacy. Located on the first floor, you may or may not be sharing with male or female, depending on other bookings at that time. 

Bedding provided - futon, pillow, sheets, blankets

Also - privacy partition and bedside lamps


 Other accommodation - elsewhere in Karuizawa

 Karuizawa is generally expensive to stay, however these are options you might look at:

 Koya Backpackers  - the only affordable / budget backpacker in Karuizawa area. Located in Naka-Karuizawa, 7 kilometers from our studio. Limited public transport is available.

 Hatagoya - motel style accomoodation 6 kilometers from our studio.



Residency Costs Table

This table allows you to see the overall cost of your residency, depending on the options you choose.

Note that tuition is Monday to Friday, so each full week of seven days has 5 days tuition plus 2 additional nights stay. Depending on your dates starting and finishing, there may be some variation in the accomodation nights. Please ask to 

Residency Costs Table                     
 Residency                  Tuition days Stay nights Tuition Only Tuition + Shared Room Tuition and Private Room    Own Creative Shared Room Own Creative Private Room Studio Use per day
5 Days 5 5 ¥50,000 ¥65,000 ¥75,000   ¥15,000 ¥25,000 ¥3,000
7 days 7 9 ¥60,000 ¥87,000 ¥105,000   ¥27,000 ¥45,000  
2 weeks 10 14 ¥120,000 ¥162,000 ¥190,000   ¥42,000 ¥70,000  
15 Days 15 19 ¥125,000 ¥182,000 ¥220,000   ¥57,000 ¥95,000  
3 weeks 15 21 ¥125,000 ¥188,000 ¥125,000   ¥63,000 ¥105,000  
4 weeks 20 28 ¥155,000 ¥239,000 ¥295,000   ¥84,000 ¥140,000  
5 weeks 25 35 ¥185,000 ¥290,000 ¥360,000   ¥105,000 ¥175,000  
6 weeks 30 42 ¥215,000 ¥341,000 ¥425,000   ¥126,000 ¥210,000  
7 weeks 35 49 ¥245,000 ¥392,000 ¥490,000   ¥147,000 ¥245,000  
8 weeks 40 56 ¥275,000 ¥443,000 ¥555,000   ¥168,000 ¥280,000  
9 weeks 45 63 ¥305,000 ¥494,000 ¥620,000   ¥189,000 ¥315,000  
10 weeks 55 70 ¥365,000 ¥575,000 ¥715,000   ¥210,000 ¥350,000  
      Tuition after 15 days
per day
 Shared room
per night
 Private room
per night
      ¥6000 ¥3000 ¥5000   ¥3000 ¥5000  

Residency Bookings Calendar

Please check the calendars below for available times and accommodation at our studio.

When you contact us we can confirm availability with you - use the contact form on the right. We look forward to hearing from you!

Use the scroll bars to view other months...





Mokuhanga Residency Information

Mokuhanga Studio Stay and Study Information

Welcome to our Mokuhanga Studio Residency. We want you to feel comfortable while you are with us, and also to get the best use of your time, so please read the following information.


About staying with us
We have had many people stay with us short or longer term, and enjoy the company, and especially teaching you about mokuhanga. We look forward to see your work and progress. We hope you feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. The studio is a house is a semi-residential area, with two rooms available for accommodation, a carving studio, printing studio/kitchen, office, and other household facilities. While you are staying please make yourself comfortable. You will be shown the facilities and what is available to use when you arrive. 

About the neighbourhood
There is a mix of residential homes, holiday houses and shops as our neighbours. We ask you to respect the quiet and orderly nature of the area and Japanese society in general - everything you do reflects no only on yourself but also on our studio and standing in the community, and visitors to Japan in general. We do have some house rules, please make yourself familiar with them.

We are located in Karuizawa, a short 10 minute walk from Karuizawa station (Shinkansen & local trains). A well-stocked supermarket is nearby, as well as a Post Office, convenience store, restaurants and cafes, There are many pleasant walks around town and in the nearby hills to enjoy in your break times. Tokyo is just over an hour away by shinkansen, and there are many interesting destinations further into Nagano either by local trains or shinkansen. Karuizawa itself is a famous resort town with many facilites and is often very busy with domestic and international tourists.

Karuizawa Weather
Karuizawa is an alpine resort town, while summers are generally very comfortable without the extreme heat and humidity of other parts of Japan, winters are cold and with occasional heavy snow. The studio has a wooden floor, which is cold on the feet so please bring warm slippers, even in warmer months.

Studio Timetable
• Tuition available from 11.00am until 5.00pm
• Lunch 12pm (according to progress) for about half an hour
• Tea / Coffee break - any time we feel like it!

You may continue to work on your own as you feel like. Please make the most of your opportunity.

TV / Internet / Phone
These are not provided at the studio - please arrange your own phone and internet access before you arrive. There is free Wi-fi available at Karuizawa station, just a short walk away.

Bathroom / Laundry
The bathroom and toilet is shared, and a washing machine is available for you to use when you wish. Clothes are hung outside to dry on the second floor verandah. We have a Japanese style bath which is very nice to relax in!

Smoking / Alcohol
There is no smoking allowed in the studio. You may enjoy a little alcohol as you feel like outside work hours, but we don't want this to interfere with your study, or to create any disturbance with other students or neighbours.

There are no pets at the studio, and no facility for pets to stay.

Inviting guests to the studio is not allowed without prior permission.

About preparing meals
You are free to prepare meals and drinks as you feel like it. The kitchen is also used as our printing studio, so please make sure you have tidied up after your meals. You are welcome to eat your meals wherever is convenient, however please take care not to spill food or drink on the tatami mats.

General cleanliness
You are responsible for cleaning up after yourself and making the work areas, shared facilities, bathroom and toilet good to use both for yourself and other people using the studio. There is no room service, it's up to you to keep your room tidy. Feel free to use the washing machine to wash your sheets as you feel like.

Shoes are not worn inside the studio, as is almost universal in Japanese houses. The small entrance area (genkan) has a cupboard to store your shoes. Slippers are worn inside as needed.  (please don't wear the slippers outside)

Tatami mats
Your bedrooms have tatami mats which have some rules - only socks or bare (clean) feet may be used on the tatami. This is a universal rule in Japan! You may take food or drink into your rooms, but please take care not to spill anything on the mats. You will be required to pay for an damage to the mats.





What is the best time to stay in Karuizawa?


March / April / May 


June / July / August 


September / October / November 


December / January/ February 

Cherry Blossoms leading to fresh green leaves.. sometimes cold but warming up.. Warm, even hot, with the forest and alpine cool that has made Karuizawa a favourite Summer break.. Gradually getting cooler and even cold by the end of November, with amazing Autumn leaves in October, early November... Cold with snow.. heated rooms and perfect for carving and printing.. 


Read some more about Karuizawa on these tourism websites:

Go! Nagano (This website also has information about nearby attractions)

Japan Visitor

Trip Advisor


Karuizawa Location



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