- 4-hour cultural performance and dinner in Kyoto
- See Japanese performing arts, including dance, music and traditional puppetry
- Hear informative commentary from your local guide
- Get a taste of authentic Japanese dishes with dinner
- Take part in a Japanese tea ceremony
- Round-trip transport by taxi from selected Kyoto hotels included
- Small-group tour limited to 24 ensures a more personalized experience
What You Can Expect
Yoshida-san was an excellent guide: prompt, efficient, and friendly. We also appreciated his thoughtful efforts to forestall any problems, leaving both a written and phone message for us at our hotel the day before the tour.
The cultural center performance was definitely worthwhile, though the center itself would strengthen its presentation by providing a bit more detail (a few lines more per each area) about its different offerings. It was unclear which seasons the geisha's dance illuminated, for instance. The glimpse of bunraku puppet theater was fascinating. We definitely will keep our eyes out for that.
But the highlight of the evening was the Zen Buddhist meal and related tea ceremony --delicious and wonderfully illuminated by the ryokun host who explained its significance with sincere enthusiasm. His warm welcome to what is his home and his family's tea house there and then his family's religious and holiday artifacts room was truly special. A gracious man--I would like to thank him again, if I could! The connection there is one I hope you continue to offer people who sign up for this tour. (Even though I knew it would be challenging for me personally to use the traditional entrance to the tea house, I was so glad I did, to have that experience. And, of course, I could have opted to use the non-traditional entrance, as a couple of people more concerned about crouching to enter did.)
A wonderful night thanks to the intamacy of the tea ceremony and Zen dinner. Was less impressed with the cultural performance, but we were in the back row and could not see very much. The tea ceremony was the best I've been to - really special!!