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Combine the classic culture of Japan with its contemporary customs on a full-day private tour of Tokyo. Develop an in-depth appreciation for the artistic expressions of calligraphy and aikido during practical private lessons and browse colorful shelves of ‘manga’ (Japanese comic books) in Akihabara. Venture within the glittering depths of a sword museum to gain insight into the mysterious samurai; sample sake in a traditional shop; and enrich your knowledge of all things Japanese on this cultural excursion. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.          


  • 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

Greet your guide at your Tokyo hotel and depart to an aikido dojo for your in-depth martial arts lesson. Arrive at the training center and listen as your sensei (teacher) regales you with the foundations and religious principles that underline the complex martial are of aikido. Watch a captivating demonstration from elite professionals and then transition into a lesson in the intricate art of Japanese calligraphy. 

Learn the correct way to draw each stroke of ink and create incredible Japanese pictographs after a short practice session. Relinquish the pen in favor of the mighty sword and head to the sword museum in Shibuya; delve into the history of the enigmatic samurais with your guide and observe some of the weapons used in fearsome duels. 

Revitalize with lunch at a restaurant of your choice (own expense) and then head into a sake shop to sample one of Japan’s most iconic beverages; become enlightened on the complex processes used to make sake and educate your palate in the subtle flavors of the drink. Continue to Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping district, to enjoy a relaxed wander through an old shogunate garden.

Conclude your tour in Akinhabra, a pop culture temple in which anime stores and toy shops abound. Browse endless shelves of colorful manga and hear about the art form’s origin from your knowledgeable guide. Bid farewell to your guide in this vibrant district and make your own way back to your hotel.   

Customer Reviews

Brooke T

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 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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