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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Private Japanese Arts and Culture Tour: Aikido, Calligraphy, Manga and Sake Shop

Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with this full-day private tour in Tokyo! You’ll develop an in-depth appreciation for the art of aikido and calligraphy with hands-on private lessons, and enjoy pop culture ‘manga’ (Japanese comic books) at shops in Akihabara. Take a trip to a sake shop for a tasting and visit a sword museum to learn all about the samurai. Throughout the day, your private local guide will be on hand to share expert knowledge of all things Japanese.


  • Full-day private Japanese arts and culture tour
  • Grapple with your opponent in an aikido lesson
  • Practice the art of Japanese calligraphy
  • Visit a sword museum in Shibuya and learn about the life of the samurai
  • Enjoy sake tasting at a shop and sip green tea in a Japanese garden
  • Find Japanese anime and manga in Akihabara
  • Receive undivided attention from your professional local guide

What You Can Expect

Private Japanese Arts and Culture Tour: Aikido, Calligraphy, Manga and Sake Shop

Japanese Arts and Culture Tour : Aikido, Manga, Calligraphy, Sword Museum and Sake Shop

Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at your hotel in Tokyo and accompany you on public transport to an aikido dojo for your private lesson. More than just a martial art, aikido blends Japanese philosophy and religious principles. As you learn to use your opponent’s force and momentum against him or her, you’ll find that you don’t necessarily have to be physically strong to be adept in the art.

After a demonstration and some practice with your sensei (teacher), transition to a lesson in the art of Japanese calligraphy, called shuji. You’ll learn the proper way to begin and end each stroke of ink, including the correct order and path to follow. While kanji (Japanese pictographs) may not make sense to the untrained eye, the slightest lapse in concentration will show in one’s work.

When it’s time to put down the pen and take up the sword, your guide will take you to the sword museum in Shibuya. Here, learn about world-famous Japanese katana swords, which no good samurai went without. You’ll discover that the swords were often given names, as they were considered extensions of a samurai’s soul.

After a stop for lunch (own expense), head to a sake shop to taste the wide range of different types of sake. Your guide will enlighten you about how the sake is made and, of course, how it should be enjoyed. Then, continue to Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping and dining area, and enjoy a stroll through an old shogunate garden, where you can sip a cup of matcha (green tea) while enjoying the view.

Your final stop is Akihabara, Tokyo’s pop culture mecca where you can visit toy shops and Japanese anime stores. Pore over manga of every genre, from action and science fiction to historical drama and mystery.

After your cultural tour, your guide will point you in the right direction so you can make your way back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Amazing Uka, orchestrated the perfect day for us.....from ordering knives from Mr. Masamoto at the fish market, to aikido class, to sake tasting to our own private calligraphy class....it was the perfect day. Uka is resourceful, speaks wonderful English and was so much fun.....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Wonderful day! Our tour guide, Gin, was pleasant and entertaining. He worked with hard to make sure that we saw all the items on the schedule (and some that weren't). Highly recommend.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

I felt as if the items on this tour I could have arranged on my own without a private guide.

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