FAF Kobo, an authentic Japanese-run pottery and wool craft center is such a fun place to visit, located in Kanbetsu, east of Kutchan. FAF Kobo’s gallery run by owners Masaharu and Sachiko Hayashi displays their crafts and provides a great workshop environment for learning new skills. Both Masaharu and Sachiko moved from Kyoto to Kutchan in 1990 and continue creating beautiful pottery crafts for special exhibitions such as Shu Ogawara Museum in Kutchan every year. Their sheep farm is the former school playground where 20 sheep are kept. These sheep eat grass almost continually and consume nearly 250 kilograms of grass every day! The workshop is open at the former Kanbetsu Elementary School and offers pottery craft classes and wool craft classes. You can experience creating pots, Japanese rice bowls or tea cups during a three-hour pottery session. In the first two hours, you will create your project from clay and then paint on the craft for the last hour. Your item will be delivered about a month later to your home. A pottery craft class can accommodate up to 200 people. The wool craft sessions are to create wool toys and each toy will be made within a one-hour session. You can also play with sheep free of charge at a sheep farm. A wool craft class can accommodate up to 50 people. Craft Experience costs 3,675 yen for pottery crafts excluding courier fare for delivery and 1,000 yen to 1,200 yen for wool crafts. FAF Kobo is located on Route 276 which is the main high way between Kutchan and Kimobestsu – 20 minutes drive from Grand Hirafu Ski Field and 35 minutes drive from Niseko Village. Free parking for up to 50 cars are available and buses can be parked.
103 Kanbetsu, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0071