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Cultural Tours

Kyoto Samurai Experience

Immerse yourself in Samurai history and culture during this 2-hour Samurai experience at a traditional Kyoto Samurai House. Under the guidance of an expert Samurai instructor, learn the philosophies of Bushido, the ‘Way of the Warrior; handle a real katana sword; and take part in a Zen meditation session.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan

Experience the traditions of Japan with a 1- or 1.5-hour tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of two different tea ceremony options, including a 1-hour session hosted in a machiya (typical wooden house) and a 1.5-hour ceremony complete with kimono dress. Your ceremony includes a guide, who will provide translation.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

Cultural Tours

Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto

If you’re visiting Japan for the first time, receive a cultural introduction to the country during a tea ceremony in traditional kimonos. During the ceremony, you’ll learn about Japanese history and sample matcha green tea, a local speciality. Plus, wearing a traditional kimono means you’ll return from the experience with fantastic photographs to commemorate your time in Kyoto.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. During this tour, visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, one of the largest sake breweries in Fushimi, and end your visit with a sake-tasting session. Not only will your guide be able to explain the basics of sake and introduce you to new kinds you may have never tried, but your tastings will also be paired with Japanese snacks that enhance the tasting experience. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours

1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

Sake—traditional rice wine—is Japan’s most famous drink and Kyoto’s Fushimi District is renowned for its sake production, home to over 30 breweries. On this tour, find out how sake is made, discover the many varieties, and learn which sake suits each occasion. Sample seven different sakes, accompanied by tasty Japanese snacks, and leave with a cheat sheet to help you order your favorite sakes while in Japan.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Martial Arts Classes

Samurai Experience & Guided Tour of Samurai Ninja Museum

Learn about Japan’s fascinating samurai and ninja history through a museum tour, where you’ll see real clothing and equipment used by these legendary figures. Don’t struggle to understand the explanation plaques, as you’ll get a guided tour in English. Get the chance to dress up in samurai costume (or typical women’s dress if you prefer), learn how to use a samurai sword, or experience non-martial traditional activities.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Martial Arts Classes

Samurai School in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during this 1- or 2-hour class studying the basic techniques of these ancient Japanese warriors. Take the 1-hour session, providing an introduction to the basics of the samurai art, or choose the 2-hour course, practicing more complex movements using a sword and folding fan. When your class ends, enjoy a photo session with your samurai costume and receive a certificate of completion.  This samurai session also includes an English-speaking guide and instructor and a 'tenugui,' a traditional Japanese towel.
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private and Personalized Experience: See Kyoto with a Local

Exploring the historic city of Kyoto with a local guide gives you an experience you won’t get by following a guidebook itinerary. Discover local neighborhoods, see iconic attractions, and get recommendations from a guide who creates a personalized route based on your interests and needs.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Tea ceremony Experience in kyoto at the world heritage, kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Kyoto's most beautiful temples. Enhance your visit to the temple by taking part in a traditional cultural experience—a tea ceremony. During the experience, learn about the history of tea culture, and how harmony, purity, reverence, and tranquility are linked to the tea ceremony. It's a great way to taste authentic Japanese green tea, and to also learn fascinating insights about tea rituals that you wouldn't find out about otherwise.
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  • 50 minutes
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  • 50 minutes
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Beer & Brewery Tours

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

Discover two sides to Kyoto as you visit one of its most famous shrines, then learn about sake production and tasting, during this 3.5-hour excursion in Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, an iconic religious site with striking red torii (gates). Then visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, to learn how the drink is made and try some samples. Finish with another tasting at a Kyoto sake store. This 3.5-hour visit includes a guide, train transport and all sake tastings and entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours

Kyoto sake tasting near Fushimi Inari

Sip sake near the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto during this afternoon tasting tour. You’ll learn about the different grades of sake, visit breweries and liquor stores, and discover why the area around the shrine is known for its production of high quality, sweet-tasting sake. More more than 30 types of sake are available for you to try, so you’ll be sure to leave the tour with a favorite in mind.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cooking Classes

Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

Become a sushi chef for the day, and then enjoy your creations for dinner, during this small-group, 90 minute sushi-making lesson with instructor in Kyoto. Join your professional instructor inside a traditional Japanese townhouse as you immerse yourself in the techniques for 'makizushi,' a rolled form of sushi made with dried seaweed. After a short demo, try your hand at making this uniquely Japanese cuisine, using your choice of ingredients. This small group class, limited to no more than 7 guests, also includes an English-speaking guide to help with translation.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Dining Experiences

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Sake Brewery & Tasting Tour in Kyoto: Try 22 kinds of Sake made in Kyoto

Taste 22 KINDS OF SAKE made in Kyoto through the tour and gain the ability to distinguish the differences! Being able to enjoy delicious dishes with sake is one of the Japanese traditions. We are really proud of it and want you to enjoy this charm too by learning its history and variety of tastes. On this tour, we will take a stroll around Fushimi district, Kyoto's major sake brewery district, and head to Kyoto Sake Museum to lear the history of Sake. Then we will go to a hidden sake bar to enjoy more sake tasting. Finally, we will stroll to a Kyoto's shrine and get refreshed by drinking exquisite Japanese groundwater! Through this tour, you will find the perfect sake for you and your sake-life will be much more enjoyable!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Martial Arts Classes

Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

There are many samurai-themed attractions in Kyoto but this tour lets you feel like a real samurai. Wear traditional clothing or armor and use a real samurai sword to cut tatami mats—a traditional way of testing sharpness and swordmanship.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Cooking Classes

Bento Box Cooking Class

Learn to create your own bento box, the iconic (and tasty) convenience meal enjoyed daily by millions of Japanese, during this 3- to 3.5-hour cooking class in Kyoto. Uncover the origins of this uniquely-Japanese foodstuff, and watch master chefs as they demonstrate key cooking techniques, before learning to make your own. Finish your course by enjoying your handmade bento box which may includes items like an egg roll, pickled vegetables, rice, breaded chicken and miso soup. Your course also includes use of an apron, an instructor and all ingredients.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Coffee & Tea Tours

Tea Ceremony Experience with Kimono Rental

Go behind the scenes to experience one of Japan’s oldest living traditions with this hands-on tea ceremony, performed in a 300-year-old samurai house. Learn the ins and outs of the age-old cultural form, including how to brew the perfect cup of Matcha. Kimonos are available on-site, so you can dress the part.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

A Night in Kyoto with a Local: Private & Personalized

Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Japanese Traditional Taiko Drum Experience in Kyoto

In Japan, age-old traditions seamlessly combine with futuristic developments. Experience the cultural institution of ‘taiko’ (a style of Japanese drumming) during this 1-hour session in Kyoto. Under the guidance of an instructor, you’ll learn to play a traditional song in taiko style and discover the rich history of drumming in Japan. This experience is suitable for all ages and guarantees a fun-filled experience for all of the family.  
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

Cultural Tours

Explore Gion, Kyoto's Historic Geisha District

For outsiders, Japanese culture can be difficult to grasp but this guided tour offers the chance to get a locals' eye view of one of the most traditional of Japanese settings. Accompanied by a guide, stroll through the historic streets of Kyoto's Gion district, famed for its scenic cobbled streets lit by paper lanterns, traditional architecture, and association with geiko and maiko culture. Visit Pontocho alley, one of Japan's oldest nightlife areas, and stroll by geisha teahouses as your guide offers insights into local culture.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

A Full Day in Kyoto with a Local: Private & Personalized

This personalized full-day Kyoto tour with a local is ideal for first-time visitors to the "City of Temples". You won’t waste a moment visiting places that don’t interest you as this tour is fully customizable based on your interests. Choose the neighborhoods you’d like to visit, and see many of Kyoto’s top sites. Exploring the city with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you'll learn lots of local tips that you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

Dress in traditional Japanese attire in this kimono and yukata experience in Kyoto. You won’t have to worry about wearing the clothing incorrectly as you’ll have a professional fitting session. Stroll around Gion, and visit nearby shrines such as Kiyomizu-dera and Heianjingu Shrine. The experience is flexible, and different time slots are offered throughout the day. You can also upgrade your experience to include makeup, and hair styling.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
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  • 1 to 9 hours
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Cooking Classes

Sushi - Authentic Japanese Cooking Class - the best souvenir from Kyoto!

One of the best souvenirs any traveler can bring back from Japan is the ability to make and appreciate authentic Japanese sushi. Get up to speed with the art of making sushi, Japanese soup and pickled ginger during this small group cooking class. Capped at eight people, this class offers a relaxed environment that other, larger sushi classes often don’t – and a hands on experience that you can’t get from cooking channels on the internet or TV.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours

Kyoto cooking experience with Sake Tasting near by Golden Pavilion

kyoto cooking experience with Sake Tasting nearby Golden Pavilion This program will give you a step-by-step guide to help you get started on your first experience of local Kyoto food culture during your trip. Not only will you learn about traditional Japanese cuisine—the tools, ingredients and its methods—you will learn about Japanese culture as well. Our special instructor will explain the 5 different dashi ingredients used in Japanese cuisine, how to make miso soup, Japanese egg rolls, Kyoto vegetable dishes, sushi rice, sushi rolls, and hot tofu. Before you enjoy the meal, all guests are welcome to try 5 kinds sake—traditional rice wine—and powdered, green tea ice cream. Vegan, vegetarian and halal menu options are also available.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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Martial Arts Classes

Guided Tour + Samurai & Ninja Experience + Samurai Show

Fans of samurai and ninja history won’t want to miss wielding a real katana sword while in Kyoto. From the Heian period through the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, samurai and ninja roamed Kyoto’s streets. Get an immersive tour of these heroes’ history as a professional guide leads you through the Samurai and Ninja Museum. Your hands-on experience includes wearing samurai armor, wielding katana and ninja stars, and posing with replica swords.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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