本多工房 Honda Artist Studio: Honda Kobo

Honda Kobo (本多工房) is a shared creative community space located in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, JAPAN.

Opened in 2023, the space operates inside a four-storey tall building where a family-run Japanese Kimono shop once operated within the city’s Kitahama neighborhood during the Showa and Heisei eras.

A five minute walk from JR East Senseki Line’s Hon-Shiogama railway station, the Kobo is composed of four artist studios, a guest room, a shared lounge, kitchen, and a balcony overlooking the Shiogama skyline. 

Through this space, Honda Kobo specializes in fostering emerging local creative talent while revitalizing a historical neighborhood at the same time.

Location: 1-40-1Chome, Kitahama, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref. JAPAN 985-0003

Ground Floor Open Space
Booking availabilities are as follows:

Morning Session
10:00 to 12:00. Door opens at 09:30
Cost: 500 JPY

Day Session
13:00 to 17:00. Prep-up time is from 12:30
Cost: 1000 JPY

Evening Session
18:00 to 21:00. Prep-up time is from 17:30
Closing time is 21:00
Cost: 1000 JPY

Please pay the heating and cooling cost separately.
100yen per an hour.






【1階スペース利用料金 及び 利用申し込み】

10時〜12時 利用開始9時30分

13時〜17時 利用開始12:30分

夜間の部 ※利用できない場合があります
18時〜21時 利用開始17時


以下のリンクより利用申込ください。Gallery Application Form below:



Short-Term 3F Rooftop Lounge

The lounge is a shared retrofitted office-like space composed of shared tables with windows overlooking the Kitahama neighborhood and Hon-Shiogama train station. Access to the balcony is also available and the 2F shared studio space.

Access to the artists’ studios are forbidden.

Schedules of use vary per person and it is advised that interested members can share with us their respective schedule of when they can be available for planning and security purposes. However, access hours are available between 06:00 and 23:00 everyday. Hours are also negotiable. 

Electric heating is provided in the winter season as well as Air Conditioner in the winter season with an additional cost. 

Depending on the nature of the activity, we may ask interested parties to pay an additional fee for water usage. 

Booking availabilities are as follows: 

Three-month contract
5000 JPY per month for a total of 15000 JPY
Startng time per contract is flexible.

Gas heating: 100 JPY per hour
Water use: 300 JPY per session

Backstory: how was Honda Kobo born?

The idea was created out of a shared common initiative to bring new life to a neighborhood known for its deep roots in the local community, especially after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. 

The building in which the Kobo is situated was known to be built during the Showa era (between 1926 and 1989), and was completed at the peak of Shiogama’s land expansion and urbanization from a small port town into a full-fledged city in Miyagi.

The kimono shop, as the building was known for among locals, occupied the building for decades and into the Heisei era (between 1989 and 2019) until it remained vacant and closed for some time. 

At the start of the Reiwa era in the early 2020s, various members of the community – including residents of Shiogama, students of the Tohoku Institute of Technology, and Birdo Flugas – all contributed in refurbishing and retrofitting the building for art and cultural use, giving it a new raison d’etre for a new generation of occupants. 

Rebirth: What’s the Kobo now?

After years of renovation, the building was reopened to the public in 2023 and was renamed the Honda Artist Studio or more known as Honda Kobo. A number of diverse activities have since taken place soon after its opening, such as casual meet-ups with other fellow artists, creative workshops, as well as talk events, and language learning sessions. 

Most notably, its artist studios – both in individual rooms and in shared lounge spaces – are the core flagship elements of the Kobo. Our artist studios provide a proper space for artists to create their own unique artwork in their own comfort and pace, but most especially, a chance for members to grow in their respective creative discipline. 

Honda Kobo occasionally runs Open Studio visits to the public and by scheduled appointment. Visitors are welcome to visit each artists’ creative working space and interact with them about art and their creative process. 

Honda Kobo is humbled and proud of its artists creating art in this revitalized space in Shiogama’s Kitahama neighborhood, while continuing to reach out to the community to collaborate on events and shared lounge artist membership residencies.

It’s all for the love of art and to foster emerging artistic talent that represents the best of what Japan’s Tohoku region can offer.





再生: 今、Koboは?

数年にわたる改修工事を経て、2023年に「HONDA STUDIO」、通称「本多工房」として再オープンしました。オープン直後から、アーティスト仲間との気軽なミートアップやクリエイティブなワークショップ、トークイベントや語学学習会など、さまざまな活動が行われています。





Our Kobo Members: Local and diverse creative talent

The Studio Members at Honda Kobo are young, diverse, dynamic, international, and interdisciplinary. Our roster of creative talent are all based in Miyagi, and have deep connections to Shiogama, its surrounding areas in the Matsushima Bay Area (Tagajo, Rifu, Shichigahama, and Matsushima), as well as Sendai city. 

Coming from various backgrounds and lived experiences, our Studio Members together build a vibrant and lively shared creative space that fosters support and empowerment for one another, as fellow creative professionals. 

工房メンバー :多様なクリエーター



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