Geothermal Dyeing at Geothermal Dyeing Studio Alpine Rose

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Make a unique mini-scarf using dyes and the power of geothermal steam!

There is one place in the entire world that uses geothermal steam in the process of dyeing fabrics. Of course this isn’t any ordinary steam- it contains a perfect balance of hydrogen sulfide free of any impurities, which has the effect of removing some colors and creating beautiful gradations. (Doing exactly the same process with any other steam would result in damaged products, or simply products covered in dust and grime from the steam.) The most fascinating part of this geothermal dyeing is the beautiful gradation created by the steam- you can’t get that vivid gradation any other way.

The history of this facility goes back to the Matsukawa Geothermal Power Plant, which was opened in 1966, the 4th oldest geothermal power plant in the world! In 1981 the former Matsuo Village initiated a project to use the steam from this area for dyeing, and Yoko Takashi accepted the challenge. The current company was formed in 1989, and has been improving and innovating ever since!

Visitors can try their hand at Geothermal Dyeing! At the Alpine Rose Geothermal Dyeing Studio, there are hands-on classes in geothermal dyeing. In just a couple hours you can learn how from the masters themselves and try your hand at dying a beautiful cloth with the geothermal steam and take it home with you!


  • Fee : ¥2750 (For making a mini-scarf or bandanna)
  • Available from April to October (Call or send a Facebook message in advance to make a reservation)
  • All events are posted on their Facebook page
  • Advanced booking is required
  • Check the availability on Facebook: GEOCOLOR
  • Available from 10 people
  • Fee : ¥3850 (For a mini-scarf and a handkerchief)
  • Advanced booking is required
  • Booking: GEOCOLOR (Facebook)
*Groups of 15 or more may select either the ¥3850 or the ¥2750 course
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