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Kyoto Cultural Experience

Take 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.

Kyoto Cultural Experience , Japan

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, cooking, Koto instrument playing, Japanese dance, samurai armor wearing 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 is 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 cooking and samurai armor courses are slightly more expensive than the other courses. Please ask your specialist for more information on these options.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Japan specialists at 1-855-834-8210

Places to stay nearby

Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

Experiences while staying here

The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area 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 also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.