Craft inn 手 [te]

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Immerse Yourself
in a World of Artisanship
at Craft Inn 手 [té]

From dyeing yarn and making paper, to weaving bamboo and kneading clay, the hands (te) of artisans combine the power of nature with the wisdom gained from living alongside it.

Craft Inn 手 [té] is an inn where you can experience a stay amongst Kyushu’s crafts, re-imagined to suit modern lifestyles. At the same time, it is also a gateway for guests to experience handicrafts by creating alongside artisans themselves.

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The Living Craft Cultures of Yame

From Kurume Kasuri textiles, buddhist altars, lanterns, Japanese washi paper, woodwork, bamboo-work, and pottery, to Yame tea and Japanese sake, the Yame area of Fukuoka Prefecture’s Chikugo region is home to craft cultures that are intertwined with the lives of its residents.

With its rich natural resources and long history as a merchant town, the diversity of crafts concentrated in Yame is unique even across Japan. Craft Inn 手 [té] is located in the heart of Yame, a gateway to the craft cultures of Kyushu.

Rooms

Rooms

Craft Inn 手 [té] comprises of two renovated traditional Japanese buildings located in Yame’s historical Fukushima District, furnished with the work of craftspeople from the Chikugo region and across Kyushu. Indulge in a full sensory experience of these crafts, made using local materials and techniques, through three different rooms: indigo, bamboo, and washi paper.

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indigo room

This room, facing the main street of the Yame Fukushima district, saw former lives as a grocer, pottery store, and pawn shop. A large wooden table and tapestry dyed by a Kurume Kasuri maker, as well as floor cushions and pillows, create a bold world of indigo — “Japan Blue.”

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bamboo room

This room, located at the back of the Tsukamoto-tei building, includes lampshades woven by a local Yame craftsperson, an intricately constructed woven bamboo tabletop, and relaxing bamboo chairs with skillfully crafted soft curves.

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washi room

This former warehouse of the Marubayashi family is estimated to have been built in the mid-1800s. While browsing a unique collection of books curated around crafts, guests staying here enjoy the entire building to themselves, filled with a diverse world of paper created with Yame washi and Nao Tesuki Washi.

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Furniture and Furnishings

Kubo Kasuri Orimono
(roomwear)
Yoji Miyake
(table)
Matsunobu Kogei
(bathtub oke
Nao Tesuki Washi
shoji screen paper)
Ito Gonjiro Shoten
(lampshade)
Kazami Kama Kiln
(tiles)
Yamaguchi Sawmill
(stool)
Nao Tesuki Washi
(wallpaper)
Yuki Nagaoka
(lampshade)
Atsushi Ishida
(table)
Ito Gonjiro Shoten
(lantern)
Shimogawa Textile
(cushion cover)
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Craft Experiences

Visit workshops and create directly with artisans themselves to experience the joys of their craft. Feel the history of Yame Fukushima through its townscape, and take in the changing seasons through the light and breeze flowing across rice fields and tea plantations. Let Craft Inn 手 [té] be your entrypoint to the streets and mountains of Yame. We also offer a variety of tours that take you on deep dives into local craft cultures.

Breakfast

Breakfast

In addition to Yame tea, a signature product of the region, Yame is abound with fruits and vegetables, wild game, and shiitake mushrooms, along with seaweed and marine products from the Ariake Sea. Created by producers in dialogue with the local environment, we view this edible bounty too as craft.

At Craft Inn 手 [té], we use local ingredients sourced from nearby growers and producers. Made from the freshest ingredients, we serve breakfast in the Yame-based Matsunobu Kogei’s original oke buckets, made of only wood and bamboo. Enjoy the natural delicacies of Yame along with a bowl of warm soup.

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Shop

Shop

The area around Craft Inn 手 [té] is dotted with the stores and galleries of our partner company, Unagi no Nedoko. A three minute walk from Craft Inn 手 [té] Marubayashi is the Unagi no Nedoko UNA PRODUCTS shop, which sells their signature MONPE pants, made from local Kurume Kasuri fabric. Another three minute walk from there is the Unagi no Nedoko NATIVESCAPE STORE, which stocks craft products from across Japan. UNAGI BOOKS is located on the first floor of Craft Inn 手 [té].

Unagi no Nedoko UNA PRODUCTS

Unagi no Nedoko
UNA PRODUCTS

Closed: Tues. and Wed. (open holidays)
Hours: 11:00~17:00
Address: 267 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: 0943-22-3699
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うなぎの寝床 旧寺崎邸 NATIVESCAPE STORE

Unagi no Nedoko
NATIVESCAPE STORE

Closed: Tues. and Wed. (open holidays)
Hours: 11:00~17:00
Address: 327 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: 0943-24-8021
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UNAGI BOOKS

UNAGI BOOKS

Closed: Tues. & Wed (open holidays)
Hours: 11:00~17:00
Address: 120-1 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: 0943-24-6811
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OHAKO NATIVESCAPE PROJECT SHOWROOM

OHAKO
NATIVESCAPE PROJECT SHOWROOM

Closed: Monday ~ Friday (open holidays)
Hours: 11:00~17:00
Address: 21-1 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: none (please contact the Unagi no Nedoko Nativescape Store)
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Craft Inn 手 [té]
indigo room 藍, bamboo room 竹 (Tsukamoto-tei)

120-1 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture

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Craft Inn 手 [té]
washi room 和紙 (Marubayashi Honke-kura)

267 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture

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Even guests staying in the washi room 和紙 are requested to check in at Tsukamoto-tei (the indigo and bamboo room building). The check-in time is from 15:00 to 18:00. We kindly ask for you to inform us of your check-in time at least one day in advance.

By Car

About a 10 minute drive from Yame IC
※ For those coming by car, please notify the front desk, located in Craft Inn 手 [té] Tsukamoto-tei. A hotel staff will guide you to the designated parking area.

By Public Transport from Fukuoka City

  • ◎By train from JR Hakata StationAbout 20 minutes by taxi from JR Hanezuka Station
  • ◎By train from Nishitetsu Tenjin StationAlight at Nishitetsu Kurume Station → Take the Nishitetsu Bus bound for Yame Bus Office and alight at “Nishitojin-machi” → Approx. 10 minute walk
  • ◎By highway bus from Hakata Bus Terminal or Nishitetsu Bus TerminalAbout 10 minutes by taxi from Yame IC bus stop

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