1 Day Dorozome (Mud dyeing) and Local Nature Tour


  • Explore the nature related to Oshima Tsumugi and Dorozome.
  • Experience the interconnection of Oshima Tsumugi and nature through the tour.
  • You can take home your unique mud dyed item.
Participants who successfully create their unique Dorozome craft.
Participants in a tour to visit a Dorozome workshop.
Participants try Dorozome in a mud field.
Participants engaged in natural dyeing using plants boiled water.
Banana leaves used for the fibers in traditional fabric.
An artisan explaining the mud of Amami Oshima.
An authentic mud dyeing artisan's workshop.

Oshima Tsumugi, a traditional silk fabric, involves 80 intricate steps, with Dorozome(mud dyeng) being one of the crucial processes for coloring the threads. Dorozome is a traditional craft unique to Amami Oshima, specifically practiced only in the northern part of the island. Why is it limited to this specific location? The answer lies in the close relationship between the craft and the natural environment of this area. This tour takes you to the forests of northern Amami Oshima, where you will understand the connection between Dorozome and nature, and visit a workshop to experience the artisans’ skills firsthand.


Pick-up at your hotel

If you do not require transfer services, please meet at Nagahamaminato Park.

Observe textile production process (30min)

We will observe the production process of Oshima Tsumugi silk textile. It’s fascinating to see how a single thread transforms into a beautiful kimono.

Forest walk (1h30min)

Observe the plants, geology, and other natural elements to understanding the connection between nature and Oshima Tsumugi.


Dorozome (2h)

Experience Dorozome, a step in the process of creating Oshima Tsumugi silk, at an authentic artisan studio. Create your mud-dyed fabric with the guidance of artisans.

Return to hotel

At a glance

Duration7 hours ~ (Including travel and lunch time)
Pickup time9:00AM
Drop-off time4:00PM
Price1 Adult (13+) ¥20,000
1 Child ¥13,000
Single person ¥36,000
Transfer ServiceFree for Naze area.
For other areas will be charged 20 yen per kilometer based on the distance. Please refer to the guidelines for more details.
Max number of participants6 people
What to bringHat or Cap, Shoes, Towel, Drink, Sunscreen, Bug spray
PaymentCash / Credit card

What’s Included?

  • Qualified English Interpreter Guide
  • Registered Amami Oshima eco-tour guide
  • Round-trip transfers to the hotel
  • Domestic Travel Accident Insurance for Accidents during the Tour
  • Dyeing experience fee and material cost
  • Lunch

Additional info

  • During the mud dyeing experience, it is recommended to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty (preferably black in color).
  • During the mud dyeing process, a unique scent from the dye may be present. If you are sensitive to smells, please notify us in advance. We will provide masks during the experience.
  • The pick-up and drop-off times may vary depending on your accommodation.
  • We provide materials for the mud dyeing experience such as T-shirts, towels, tote bags, scarves, etc. Additional charges may apply based on the material.
  • Mud dyeing in the mud field may not be possible depending on the weather conditions. In such cases, you will be able to experience mud dyeing using the prepared mud tubs inside the workshop.
  • We will do our best to accommodate your requests and take you to a restaurant for lunch. However, please note that we may not always be able to fulfill your specific preferences.


Is it held in case of rain?

It is conducted in rainy weather. During forest walks, participants are required to wear raincoats or use umbrellas.For mud dyeing experience, you can participate in the activity inside the artisan studio without getting wet. If it’s heavy rain or various warnings being issued, the situation will be assessed, and the activity may be canceled.

Do you walk through the forest?

Walk comfortably through the forest on mostly flat terrain, suitable for participants of all ages, including children and the elderly.

Can children under the age of 6 participate as well?

Children under the age of 6 can participate only if their parents are able to take care of them during the tour. If they join the mud dyeing experience together, there will be a charge for the child, but if they only accompany without participating, it is free of charge.

Are there any dangers from Habu snakes?

In the forest, it is necessary to be cautious of Habu snakes at all times. Please always follow the guide’s instructions. 

Can I bring my own materials for the mud dyeing experience?

You are welcome to bring cotton materials (such as T-shirts or bags) for the mud dyeing experience. If the material exceeds 280g, an additional fee of 70 yen per 10g will be charged.

Can I experience only mud dyeing?

There is a half-day tour that includes a visit to an Oshima Tsumugi workshop and mud dyeing.

Cancellation policy

  • 3 days prior : 50% refund
  • 2 days prior : No refund (100% cancellation fee)
  • 1 day prior : No refund (100% cancellation fee)
  • On the day of the tour : No refund (100% cancellation fee)

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