Painting Daruma dolls (0.5-2 hours)

The Daruma dolls is one of Japan’s traditional dolls, which has become a symbol of perseverance and good luck or future fortune, commonly placed a shelf at home or in a business as a talisman. Before putting them on display, the owner makes a wish that they hope will come true, or something they aim to work towards in their own life. Daruma dolls are very popular as souvenirs and gift that symbolize Japan.

Daruma are modelled after the Bodhidharma, a Chinese Buddhist monk from the 5th century who became the patriarch of the school of Chan Buddhism in China. As for the appearance of daruma is unique. Zen Buddhism is an important of meditation, and Bodhidharma himself is said to have meditation for nine years strait. That’s why Daruma Dolls has current shape.

Make your Tokyo visit more exciting to this small-group class learning to painting ‘Daruma’ a traditional Japanese doll by your hands.

Get an introduction to preparing this traditional Japanese doll paint, learning about how to make it.

A popular idiom that Daruma is “七転八起 nanakorobi yaoki”, meaning is “Fall down seven times, stand up eight”. That’s why Daruma is the symbol of perseverance and staying and fortune future that Daruma on your shelf is a constant reminder of what originally wanted.

Our guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or any preferred place, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself like a local without the stress of complicated public transport.
Your departure time and course contents will be arranged to suit your schedule.

Activity information

Head to your ‘Daruma’ class location near the Daishimae station on Tobu line and wearing the apron to protect your cloths before start times that fit your schedule. You’ll spend most of your class Painting the traditional Japanese Daruma dolls. The class will help give participants a sense of the Daruma.
After the workshop, you can take home the Daruma you made.

  • Visit Nishiarai daishi temple to watch the enshrined Daruma and pray your fortune
  • Select course, color and size of Daruma dolls for your painting
  • Learn the painting the traditional Japanese Daruma dolls
  • Painting and decoration a Daruma dolls
  • Small group trip and a great introduction to Japan’s traditional art craft
Nishiaraidaishi temple

Tour guide rate and cancellation policy

Please check the tour guide rate from here

Duration of class: Decoration course 0.5-1.5hours, Painting course 1-2hours

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please wear suitable clothes and footwear for craft workshop
  • Please let us know if you have any food allergies before the reservation
  • Any changes made less than two 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.


  • Animals not permitted in the stores
  • Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by inquiry form.