Oguni Washi Production Association


Discover the artistry of Oguni Washi, a unique Japanese paper crafted from the wisdom of “snow country.” Try your hand at making your very own original washi paper, and immerse yourself in an authentic Japanese cultural experience.

Traditional Japanese paper is called "washi," and is known for its durability and texture distinct from its Western counterparts. While handmade washi is made in several regions of Japan, Oguni Washi stands apart for its exceptional technique. This traditional craft is closely tied to the snowy landscapes of the area, and is recognized by both Japan and Niigata Prefecture as an Intangible Cultural Treasure.

Unlike most traditional papermaking, where plant fibers are boiled and immediately dried, Oguni Washi is buried in snow until the arrival of spring. Once the snow melts away, the paper emerges to bask in the warm sunlight, resulting in a pristine, lustrous finish. Visitors can partake in this time-honored papermaking tradition, and use finished washi to make crafts. This experience is suitable for both children and adults.

General Information

DirectionsFrom Nagaoka Station (JR Joetsu Shinkansen), take the Echigo Kotsu bus bound for “Oguni Shako,” get off at the last stop and walk 20 mins.
Approx. 15 mins. by car from the Ojiya IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.
Car ParkAvailable
Opening Times8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturday/Sunday of the month, and national holidays
PricesPapermaking experience: From 4,000 yen
Craft-making experience: 600 yen
NotesPapermaking and crafts experiences are available for elementary school students and older.


NameOguni Washi Production Association, Ltd.
Telephone Number0258-41-9770