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Tea ceremony in Kyoto

Kyoto Cultural Experience

Today you have the opportunity to learn more about a traditional Japanese pastime of your choice. These courses are instigated and run by the Women's Association of Kyoto, and you will visit the home of one of the members, accompanied by an interpreter who will pick you up and return you to your hotel by taxi. Over the next two hours you will be introduced to the main skills and techniques needed to perform these age-old arts and crafts. The ladies who run the courses are proud of their skills and have become masters of these crafts over 10, 15 or even 20 years. They are now more than happy to share these skills with you. This is a very personal experience and one which will hopefully stay with you for many years to come.

Upon booking your trip to Japan please confirm which one of the following courses you would like to try:

Tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, calligraphy, kimono wearing (male and female), origami, cookery, Japanese dance and finally fabric or paper-craft.

Our Japan team have tried several of these courses, do ask your specialist for advice if you are unsure. Each takes place at a different home across Kyoto.

It’s possible to combine one of the above courses with origami for a small surcharge or any two of the above for a slightly higher surcharge. Please note that the cookery courses are slightly more expensive than the other courses. Please ask your specialist for more information on these options.

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Other experiences in Kyoto

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    A Maiko and a Geiko during the Geisha Night at the Gion Hatanaka

    Dinner with Maiko Performance

    Dinner with Maiko Performance

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  • Geisha District Walk
    Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

    Geisha District Walk

    Geisha District Walk

    Explore around the Gion district and other parts of Kyoto to help shed some light on the exclusive and mysterious world of the Geisha and other aspects of Japanese culture.

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  • Nara Excursion

    Nara Excursion

    Nara Excursion

    Like nearby Kyoto, Nara was once the Japanese capital and a source of enormous cultural and religious outpourings. Unlike its more celebrated neighbor, however, Nara has survived relatively untouched by modern advances and remains a relaxed town dotted with temples, shrines and parkland.

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  • Traditional Kyoto Cuisine Walking Tour
    A 'saka' or slope in Kyoto

    Traditional Kyoto Cuisine Walking Tour

    Traditional Kyoto Cuisine Walking Tour

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Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.