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Shima & Jambo made this whole experience a delight with their fun & interactive demonstration of the history & training/lifestyle of a Sumo wrestler. The lady who described and translated everything into English for us was very good at getting the information across.
Recommended. I would go again.
This was SUCH a great experience. I went on a Monday and the wrestlers were amazing. They were so thorough in their instructions, explanations, and answers. It was also so fun and I was laughing the whole time! They make it so entertaining. One of the most memorable aspects of my trip. The Chanko soup was good and the bento box was decent. Love the whole experience.
Eat, train, and fight like a real Japanese sumo wrestler during this sumo demonstration and authentic ‘Chanko Nabe’ (hotpot) meal. Discover the history, training, and rules behind the typical sumo match as you watch real clashes. You can even try it yourself during a skirmish with a retired wrestler. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into a tasty Chanko Nabe, a filling meal of hotpot, rice, miso, salad, French fries and more, used by these hulking fighters to gain weight. Admission to the demonstration and meals are both covered.
A very relaxed, personal and well guided experience designed for students (only two of us) to have a very successful outcome. We made 5 pots each and Giorgio was meticulous in organising the firing, glazing and postage of our work to be sent home to us when it comes out of the kiln. A very small studio with a lot of nice people and a calm peaceful atmosphere.
Pottery is an art form deeply embedded in Japanese culture. As a visitor, it can be difficult to find a way to experience it. This tour offers just that. You can learn how to make pottery from a sensei (teacher) in central Tokyo.
We found our way to this nifty studio in Shinjuku where several artisans were at work on kintsugi, pottery, and glass projects. We were greeted and seated on a raised tatami area with low tables and floor cushions. Our instructor was lovely. She spoke almost no English but we found it wasn't necessary -- she showed us what to do and coached us through the whole process. The method we learned is a modern adaptation of traditional kintsugi, as laquer can cause severe allergic reactions (and real gold would have priced this experience into the stratosphere!). It is trickier than I had imagined. Don't go with a belly full of coffee -- you'll want a steady hand to accomplish good results. The finished piece is lovely and quite a memorable souvenir from our time in Japan. We stayed in Shinjuku for the rest of the day exploring the plethora of interesting little shops and restaurants in the area.
Turn something old into something new during this lesson in the Japanese art of "Kintsugi," the practice of repairing broken pottery. Stemming from a Japanese belief that breakage and repair are part of the history of an object, rather than a reason to throw them away, your class involves repairing damaged items with lacquer mixed with gold. Don a "samue" as you refinish one traditional pottery item, leaving with a newfound appreciation for Japanese aesthetics and a unique souvenir.
Experience all of Japanese culture and Japanese food experience classes "origami, udon, Japanese food, green tea, calligraphy" in 4 hours
The highlight of our Japan vacation!
, Jan 2020
My family enjoyed this experience! Taka and Keiko were such gracious hosts and very good teachers. We didn't just learn about Japanese culture and food, we made new friends! I would highly recommend this experience especially to families who are looking for something different and not "touristy"
In 4 hours, you will experience Japanese culture and hospitality at home. Experiences include origami, handmade udon, Japanese food, sushi and tempura. Experience matcha and Japanese sweets after meals. We make with you. Drinks (sake, beer, shochu and soft drinks) are free. As a souvenir, Keiko writes your name on colored paper in calligraphy. Through this experience, you will become a member of your home (homecoming TAKA) and make friends all over the world. The next time you visit our home, we welcome you as a family!
Creative, craft-loving travelers will love the opportunity to make their very own Daruma dolls in the Chofu neighborhood of Tokyo. These cute, round dolls are considered to be good luck charms, and you can write your own wish on the doll to help it come true. Decorate the doll to your own tastes, and have a unique and personalized souvenir to take home with you.
This tour is perfect for travelers with a sweet tooth, or those who are interested in arts and crafts. Learn how to make intricate Japanese Wagashi sweets during this fascinating small-group experience. Discover the history of this unique skill from an experienced chef, and make four seasonally-inspired sweets. Some may argue that the sweets are far too beautiful to eat, but you’ll get a chance to taste one at the end.
Step back in time to the old days and experience Japan like a ninja. This small-group class (maximum six people) introduces you to such ninja techniques as ninja meditation (Kuji-In) as well as the use of samurai weapons, including the sword. Get insights into Japanese fuedal times as you practise.
90-Min. Ninja Standard Experience : Ninja Star, Sword. Blowgun, Stealth Practice
Discovering the mysterious Ninja World!!!
, Feb 2020
Discovering the mysterious Ninja world with descendants of the Musashi Clan was an incomparable and unique experience. We felt immensely privileged and honoured to have witnessed and practised a multi-centenary art. Our instructor thoroughly guided us through all the Ninja techniques and way of life. It was important for us to have been able to be photographed during our session since memories can easily fade away and having evidences of our experience was essential for us. The venue was very impressive thanks to its decoration and to the atmosphere which were cultivating the mysterious ambience inside the dojo. We warmly thank the team for their commitment and their professionalism and above all, for their generosity during our 90-minute tour. Best wishes to all of them and may the Ninja art endure for the centuries to come. We will be hopefully coming back for a samurai training session in the future.
I have a deep passion for traditional weapons and being able to gain a small insight into the ninja arts through this experience is a great honour. The philosophy of family and protection is something that resonates deeply with me as it is an integral part of my own Maori culture and I was amazed to learn that it is one of the core beliefs of ninja.
It is awe inspiring how the ninja ancestors took everyday implements and turned them into weapons. As each weapon was shown and explained to me my amazement grew and grew.
I thoroughly enjoyed the blindfolded exercise, and learning the truth about the throwing stars and not the Hollywood take on them. The coaching they gave me on how to throw them related to whanau (family), and when I heard that my aim improved. It was these little tips and insights to help that kept on amazing me and my awe for my teachers and the ninja arts grew. They are amazing teachers and I have no hesitation in recommending that anyone, who wants a real insight into ninja arts do this.
If you have a passion for traditional weapons and enjoy exploring styles outside of your own, then do this - you will not regret it!
If you have not done any type of traditional weapons, but are interested, then this would be perfect for you to get first hand experience by excellent teachers.
It was an honour and a privilege to meet you both and learn from you. I am still in awe of what I learnt and still buzzing from my time with you.
Domo arigatou gozaimasu どうもございまずいます
I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Japan, who wishes to learn about the culture and history of Ninjas from this very hospitable and friendly clan. Vanessa greeted us as planned and was the main English speaker, the two gentleman put on an incredible display of their skills, also training us in such ways allowing us to practice in stimulated scenarios. Over 90 minutes of sheer joy, respect, a little fear but without a doubt the most enjoyable experience we have done in a month touring Japan. Thank you for being such lovely hosts, arigatogozaimashita 🙏 Mal, Phil and Neil (rugby boys 🏉)
Learn the ancient arts of the ninja during this fun-filled introduction to key ninja techniques, culture and weapons. Get suited up in an authentic ‘ninja gi’ outfit as you begin your mental and physical training with an instructor in the ways of the ninja. Among the skills you’ll learn during your session are meditation and ‘Kuja-kiri’ (well-wishing), the ‘Embu’ (ancestor dedication) and an introduction to ninja weapons like the blowgun and ‘shruiken’ (ninja star), among others. You’ll also gain a newfound appreciation for key ninja philosophies like protecting others, community and freedom and have plenty of time for photo-taking at the end.
Kintsugi gold repair workshop - Tea and cake included!
Learnt techniques and artistic ideas!
, Jan 2020
Enjoyed the session tremendously! We did hands on for 'filling in' technique and observed the 'piecing together' technique done by Mr Yoshiichiro! Ms Yoshiko spoke well enough in English to communicate more conceptual topics with some clarification, and I really appreciated the portion about what sort of artistic ideas we can put into kintsugi! Highly recommended!
-our instrctor has more than 10 years experience in Battodo (swordsmanship)
-plus acquired silver medal once, bronze medal twice in the all Japan championship during the past 3 years.
-our instructor is bilingual in English and Japanese, he explains participants about not solely key points culture and history of samurai and classical martial arts.
-Guided by an instructor swordsman with more than 10 years of experience
-Demonstration by instructor swordsman with more than 10 years of experience
-Experience using real swords used in the past
-The only serious facility in Asakusa
Become an expert calligrapher in this hands-on dynamic session near Tokyo Tower!
Here in Japan, calligraphy is more than just writing. We inherited our complex writing system from China over a thousand years' ago, and there's hundreds of years worth of story, evolution and meaning behind each character, and in turn, how we approach calligraphy.
Our professional, bilingual calligraphers teach you this fascinating history and more, equipping you with the skills and techniques that Japanese calligraphers have been perfecting for centuries. All in the confines of our state-of-the-art Grand TJT experiences room! All customers make their very own calligraphy wall piece, the perfect souvenir from your trip to Japan.
Embrace your inner samurai during this immersive 1-hour swordsmanship and shuriken workshop in Tokyo. Under the guidance of a trained professional, you’ll learn traditional warrior stances such as Hasso, Johdan, and Gedan and practice sparring with a partner. Your instructor will also explain the history behind samurai swordsmanship and its role in Japanese culture. The class will be offered in a traditional ‘dojo’ and you will use a real wooden sword as you learn.
If you want a souvenir that is completely different to anything you might find in the shops, create your own in this glass blowing experience at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute. Choose what you want to create, as well as the color, shape, and design, and, under close instruction, create your own unique glass artwork.
Hands-on Bonsai Experience in Bonsai Mecca near Tokyo
Fantastic Day in Saitama
, Nov 2019
We had a great Bonsai experience in Saitama with Jun-san. Jun met us at the train station and walked us to a fantastic bonsai nursery. After the nursery visit, we went to a neighborhood coffee shop and had our hands on experience. Jun showed and explained to us how to prune and shape the bonsai trees. Such a great experience.
Discover the art of bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees in an artistic shape, during this hands-on experience near Tokyo. Head to Bonsai-cho and learn various techniques for shaping and pruning bonsai trees while a guide answers any questions you may have. Learn about the history of bonsai, visit a bonsai garden or the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, and get an overview of everything bonsai.
Place was easy to find and warm welcome by Hide san even in traditional kimono and hakama!
The calligraphy was introduced by very nice video, then followed by detailed descriptions of all the elements and finally the practice itself. Hide san was very sensei in the amazing way. Well prepared, motivating and the most importantly patient! I really enjoyed this part and raised my interest into this art.
Tea ceremony was charming, in the actual tea room. With briefing before and after. All questions answered.
I visited Shinto shrine many times and red a lot about the customs.But it's truly different to visit it with some one who is part of this tradition.
Specially the visit of the shrine in the end made very nice dot of the entire experience.
Highly recommended! Very satisfying. Great duration. Very friendly and kind atmosphere!
Explore traditional Japanese culture with this guided experience in Tokyo. Begin with a class in authentic calligraphy and learn to write your name using kanji, the characters used in Japanese writing. Then, enjoy an authentic tea ceremony featuring Japanese sweets and matcha that you can whisk yourself. Finish with a trip to the picturesque Shinmei Hikawa Shrine.
Language barriers can make traveling around Japan a challenging experience for a first-time visitor. This lesson is the perfect antidote for foreign visitors who don’t speak Japanese. Learn essential communications skills, such as how to order at restaurants, how to ask where something is, and lots of useful phrases for the trip. No need to worry about being stuck in a classroom—the tour goes to a local jazz cafe, and a standing bar, so you’ll get to see cool local spots as you learn.
Become a real ninja for the day during this 60-minute experience at the Jidai Academy Dojo in Tokyo. If you’ve ever want to learn about the techniques and culture of the ninja, this entry-level class is a great starting point. Don a real-life ‘ninja gi’ outfit to begin your training, making sure to pose for a few photos first. Among the skills you’ll learn are meditation and ‘Kuja-kiri’ (well-wishing), the ‘Embu’ (ancestor dedication) and an introduction to ninja weapons like the blowgun and ‘shruiken’ (ninja star), among others. You’ll also discover the ninja philosophy of ‘ku’ or no-self, focusing on minimizing conflict.
Experience authentic, traditional and historical Ninja training in English. Best things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo for Activity, Group, Couple, Solo, Kids, Family, Martial arts, Workout, Rain, Evening, City, Indoor and All seasons. You can watch performance and learn ninja techniques, spirits and arts, ninja stars, ninja sword, samurai sword, ninja blowgun, various weapons, body operation and meditation with costumes.
Excellent approach to a staple Japanese traditional ritual - The Tea Ceremony
, Sep 2019
As part of my first visit to Japan, I wanted to attend a few traditional workshops that mostly represent the culinary Japanese tradition. The Tea ceremony is by far, one of the most typical rituals that is still ongoing, since the early days of the Samurai.
Mika Soka Haneishi has a marvelous and meticulous manner in every single detail she shares. She has more than 23 years' experience when it comes to Chado (the Tea School) and I noticed this throughout the duration of the workshop.
Mika San offers - in my opinion - a great value of an experience and an invitation to learn more about the Japanese art of preparing and drinking tea. As she said herself, it is not just about drinking tea, but it's the entire spiritual discipline that comes with it.
Great experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone who visits Tokyo
Chado, a tea ceremony that has roots in Zen, was established in Japan more than 400 years ago. Its fundamental form and style has never changed, and there are still many people studying and enjoying the culture worldwide. A
Tea room is a space in which people experience mindfulness, and the tea-making process provides spiritual discipline.
This is a chado school licensed from Urasenke Chado School in Kyoto, one of the biggest chado schools in the world. Ms. Mika Soka Haneishi, the owner of the school is a first degree instructor of Urasenke. She has been practicing Chado for over 23 years.
This is not tourism—it is rather an immersion in culture.
Let's have a pottery experience at YANAKA! YANAKA / Taito-ku, TOKYO Local.
Great experience! Highly recommend!
, Nov 2019
If you are looking for a relaxing and fun experience creating art and learning about Japanese pottery, this is the class for you. We had a wonderful time learning how to use the wheel and making various kinds of pottery. The instructor was very friendly, humble, and knowledgeable. The class only allows a very small number of people at a time, but I prefer that one-on-one, personal experience. If you are from out of the country and are not able to stay until your pieces are ready to take home, they have an international shipping service available. I would love to come and visit again! Thank you!
It is a friendly and friendly pottery experience by an active professional potter.
Ceramic art is an art that expresses life.
Ceramics have been developed by the ancestors who have tried to enjoy, express, and enjoy seasonal dishes.
A friendly professional instructor, from learning about the history of Japanese pottery, the features of pottery in various parts of Japan, and Japanese aesthetics such as “wabi” and “sabi” to actually making pottery with “rokuro” using Shigaraki soil. Will lecture carefully one by one.
You can make your own pottery that combines art and practicality.
Make your favorite works such as coffee cups, sashimi dishes, and platters.
・ Agreement book prepares Japanese, English, Chinese
・ We explain tile tile in Japanese, English bilingual
・ It has been introduced in more than 90 media in Japan and abroad
・ We prepare exclusive gloves for security
・ It is possible to try on half coat, karate clothes and Jiu-jitsu clothes for free
Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Near Tokyo Tower)
From $52.72 (Price varies by group size )
Wonderful Tea Ceremony Experience
, Dec 2019
I attended a tea ceremony on my last full day in Tokyo. Learning about the history of tea and it’s influence on Japanese culture was incredibly fascinating and I highly recommend anyone visiting Japan to add this ceremony onto their list of activities.
My host was welcoming, spoke good English & clearly very passionate about the tradition.
Overall I found the experience of making/drinking the tea thoroughly enjoyable and was glad to have taken part.
With a history reaching back to the 16th century, tea ceremony is a profound practice deeply associated with all that makes Japan special: its unique sense of beauty; its tremendous sense of hospitality; its undoubtable zen nature.
We aspire to reproduce that genuine heart behind the ritual of tea ceremony in all of our sessions. Our bilingual tea masters ensure that you can understand and appreciate each part of the ancient ritual by taking you through each traditional step of the practice - preparing for you delicious matcha green tea and "higashi" sweets to enjoy, and explaining the profound traditions and philosophies behind the ancient ceremonies. You can then try making tea in the processes of the tea ceremony yourself.
Experience the essence of Japan at its vibrant best with Edo Kiriko, a traditional Japanese craft in which delicate patterns are carved onto glass. Select your favorite design from over ten beautiful patterns to carve along the sides or bottom, and carefully box your glass for taking back home.
・30 seconds on foot from Asakusa Station
・Select your favorite design from over ten samples to carve along the side and bottom
・Take home a souvenir you made yourself
Tombodama are intricate and colorful glass beads that are used for jewelry, hair accessories, or even as collectables. Expand your understanding and appreciation of these tiny beads by having a hands-on experience in a Tombodama studio. Make your own glass bead containing gold and silver leaf, and take it home as a special souvenir.