An artist-in-residence program in Takeo, Saga, Japan
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Our program

Arts Itoya is an artist in residence program in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, Japan. Studio Kura, the company in charge of the long running residence progam in Fukuoka Prefecture, started it in 2018 after reforming an old kimono shop called Itoya.

Small Capacity

We can accommodate up to two people.

Long Stays

We offer slots from 1 month to 3 months in length.

Onsen Everyday

Easy access to a traditional hot spring bath house.

Studio and Accommodation

Arts Itoya provides artists with residential facilities and bicycles during their staying period. Accommodation consists on one traditional Japanese rural house, which can be shared by up to four artists. Each artist is provided a private single room. Common room, bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities are shared with other residence artists and there is internet Wi-Fi connection in the house. One partitioned studio space is offered to the artists as working space as well as exhibition space. There are enough restaurants and stores for daily needs at walking distance.

Commonly Scheduled Activities

Around the first week of the month, we will take the artists on a tour around Takeo. Then, the following week we will arrange a workshop for them to experience some kind of Japanese craft (i.e. washi, bonsai or tea ceremony). On the last weekend before they leave, artists will have their exhibitions. An opening party and artist talk is normally scheduled at 15:30 on a Saturday.

Fees and Expenses

The artist will pay 80,000 JPY for each period of 4 weeks of stay. This means for an eight-week slot you will need to pay 160,000 JPY and an twelve-week slot will be 240,000 JPY. The four-week staying fee we take is actually 74,074 JPY, but we need to collect value-added tax which is currently 8% in Japan, adding to 80,000 JPY.

We need the artist to make a deposit of 10,000 JPY for each 4 week slot once he or she is accepted and a slot is chosen. The rest of the payment for their stay can be paid in cash upon arrival. For example, if you were going to stay for four weeks with us you would need to pay 10,000 JPY through PayPal as soon as we decided on the date for your residence, and 70,000 JPY once you arrived to Arts Itoya. You would pay 80,000 JPY in total. Please note that any daily expenses including food and transport, and art supply are not covered in our residence fee.

We do not have our own funding program, so artists are encouraged to apply for funding in their own countries. We are pleased to help providing an invitation letter and any information to accepted artists.

About Takeo and Arts Itoya

Takeo is a town located between Saga City and Nagasaki Prefecuture's Sasebo City. It is home to Takeo Onsen, which was started 1300 years ago. There is a gatehouse in the onsen area which was designed by Kingo Tatsuno, designer of the Bank of Japan building and the Marunouchi building of Tokyo Station. The gatehouse is classified as an Important Cultural Property.

Great Camphor Tree


Takeo City Library

Inside the Studio

Inside the Studio

Studio from Outside

Studio from Outside

How to Get to Arts Itoya

Takeo Onsen is connected to Fukuoka's Hakata Station

  • Fukuoka Airport

    If you want to get to Hakata in a fast and cheap way, you should take the subway. The ride to Hakata station takes five minutes. If your plane arrives at the domestic terminal, use the domestic terminal 2 escalators and elevators, and go to the underground level. From the international terminal, take the free bus from bus stop no.1. Get off at the domestic terminal 2, which is the last stop. Go to the underground level, using the escalators and elevators.

  • Hakata Station

    Takeo Onsen and Fukuoka (Hakata Station) are connected by hourly limited express trains (about 70 minutes, around 2800 yen one way).

  • Takeo Onsen Station

    Arts Itoya is located about 800 meter west of Takeo Onsen Station

  • Welcome
    to Arts

Our Team

Shim Woo Chan

Artist in Residence Coordinator

Hirofumi Matsuzaki