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Mansagama-pottery wheel experience-Art Classes

Mansagama-pottery wheel experience-

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Why don’t you make your own unique souvenir of Kyoto. For yourself, for your loved ones, you can make personalized cup or bowl. And you can choose the color you like. We’ll bake your work. It takes about 3weeks. But don’t worry, we’ll ship it to your doorstep.your work will pleasantly surprise you and remind you of your travel.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$17.16
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US$17.16
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Samurai School in Kyoto: Samurai for a DayMartial Arts Classes

Samurai School in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

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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 1.5-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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.15
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Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum KyotoMartial Arts Classes

Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.81
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Japanese Tea Ceremony (Group session)Art Classes

Japanese Tea Ceremony (Group session)

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The Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop, theory and practice, is conducted by licensed tea masters and is unique in Kyoto. It is set in the Grand Tea Room inside the Jotokuji Temple just 3 minutes walk from Gojo station, or 15 minutes walk from Kyoto station. The ceremony starts with a tour of the Temple followed by the explanation of the history and cultural importance of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is educational and enable you to understand the modesty of the Japanese character. The artistic ceremony is performed by the licensed Tea Master and many visitors refer to it as mesmerising. You will then practice the making of the matcha tea by yourself under the guidance of the Tea Master. You will receive a souvenir certificate of attendance after about two weeks.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$29.02
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US$29.02
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Learn Japanese guitar Music Classes

Learn Japanese guitar "Shamisen"

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This experience can enjoy traditional music, culture and architecture at the same time. Shamisen is a Japanese traditional instrument that resembles a guitar. The sounds play by the three strings are very beautiful and cool. It's a bit difficult, but everyone will surely feel fun. I will teach you how to play a Syamisen. Since I teach it from the basics, even a beginner is fine. We will practice the traditional Japanese song. Finally, you play the Shamisen duo with me. If you can play it well, you can do an ensemble of your shamisen and my koto. Let's try it! After the experience, it is tea time with green tea and traditional sweets. While enjoying drinking tea, you can enjoy traditional Japanese manners. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.12
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US$69.12
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Ninja Experience in Kyoto for Adults SPECIAL Authentic Ninja Training LessonMartial Arts Classes

Ninja Experience in Kyoto for Adults SPECIAL Authentic Ninja Training Lesson

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This is the ultimate ninja experience for adults. You’ll have a lot of fun, and increase your knowledge about ninjas too. You won’t have to worry about what to wear, as ninja outfit rental is included. Highlights include throwing ninja stars (shuriken), and using a ninja blowgun. At the end of your experience, a visit to the Samurai and Ninja Museum is included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.12
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Pottery Wheel Trial - Basic plan in Kiyomizu, KyotoPottery Classes

Pottery Wheel Trial - Basic plan in Kiyomizu, Kyoto

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Kyoto is known for its ancient traditions and magnificent craftsmanship, and on this experience, you’ll learn the basics of pottery from highly skilled pottery artists. You won’t have to worry about bringing anything with you as all materials and equipment are provided. If you’ve never tried pottery before, you’ll be put at ease, as your instructor will demonstrate, then assist you in your own pottery experience. Choose what object you make, pick custom glazes, and you can even choose to have your pottery delivered to you.
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  • 40 minutes
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US$35.18
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Travel Sketching in KyotoHalf-day Tours

Travel Sketching in Kyoto

Discover (or develop!) your artistic side with personalized guidance surrounded by Kyoto's unforgettable scenery. Groups are kept small so that instruction is customized. Whether you are a beginner wanting step-by-step instruction or just the camaraderie of a fellow artist, I'm here to support you. I'll show you the basics of using your new watercolor set to remember your time in Kyoto. Most importantly, I'll ensure a fun, relaxing experience enjoying our surroundings with no pressure: just enjoyment! Exploring Kyoto is my passion so I'm ready to show you the best of it in any season, and help you capture those memories in your very own travel sketchbook. My hope is that you'll continue to use your included sketch kit for the rest of your time in Japan and for your future travels as well.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$85.19
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Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)Bus Tours

Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomiuzu-yaki (Kiyomizu-ware) is one of great traditional crafts in Kyoto. Kiyomizu-yaki has developed from the Japanese tea ceremony and has supported Kyoto's tradition in various ways. This program allows you to observe Kiyomizu-yaki making process by master craftsmen. You'll visit a pottery workshop located in Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi in Kyoto's Yamashina area, a region known for its Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki ceramics. This house is well known for its kiln as it has extraordinary earthenware’s color which deepens over time. Their ceramics are acknowledged and beloved around the world. You'll be guided carefully by one of pottery masters. Have fun while being guided whole process at one of the foremost producer of Kiyomizu-yaki. After the visit, you'll have a chance to see many beautiful Kiyomizuyaki wares and you can enjoy shopping. If you wish, you can try wheel throwing after having detailed explanations from the master (different price).
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.38
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Zen & TeaDining Experiences

Zen & Tea

Using the place used by the trainees who entered the Rinzai sect for training to enter the dojo Those who have visited Zen for 10 to 30 years at the temple where Steve Jombus also visited will introduce the greatness of Zazen and work. We will tell you about the charms of Daitokuji, Zazen, and work recommended by international businessmen.
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  • 12 hours
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US$293.35
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Ebi-kagoCraft Classes

Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Ebi-kago

Enjoy the experience of making a bamboo basket for your own in a 2-hour instructed workshop. The bamboo basket you will be making is a traditional craft, passed down to present day, made by hand.  The ebi basket has a diameter of 13 cm and an opening of 9 cm. You can use it for various purposes such as accessories. You can take your bamboo basket back home on the day you make it. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you will meet at the workshop in Kyoto.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.18
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Private ceramics experiencePottery Classes

Private ceramics experience

The classroom will be held at the atelier of a young ceramic artist with a private mood. You can spend quiet time, coffee and creative time. Even beginners will teach you kindly and carefully so that you can make imaginable stuff. Works will be shipped within one month after professional finishing and firing.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$41.56
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US$41.56

Kimono Wearing Experience-Fun to Wear Wearing-Fun to Know-Art Classes

Kimono Wearing Experience-Fun to Wear Wearing-Fun to Know-

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プ ラ イ ベ ー ト Private lessons! The instructor will support you carefully! ! 資格 Qualified instructors will support you at your own pace according to your needs. 場合 If you bring your own kimono, no troublesome return work is required! 〇Because all things related to dressing will be rented free of charge, don't you feel at ease and feel free to start the first step of the kimono? ○ On the second floor of the Kyomachiya, you can experience dressing up slowly な が ら You can enjoy the leisurely dressing experience while feeling the local life of Kyoto which is different from the sightseeing spot. * You can access Arashiyama, Kinkakuji, Gion, etc. with a single train, so please consult with the staff of more than 30 years in Kyoto planning your trip!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$31.17
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Japanese Origami (Paper Folding) Workshop Kyoto MAIKOYAArt Classes

Japanese Origami (Paper Folding) Workshop Kyoto MAIKOYA

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*Create fantastic memories of your trip to Japan *Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout *Special experience of Japanese culture *Enjoyable experience with children *Learning about the history of Japanese culture
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.22
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Pottery Wheel Trial My cup plan in Kiyomizu, KyotoPottery Classes

Pottery Wheel Trial My cup plan in Kiyomizu, Kyoto

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Rather than just visiting Kiyomizu-dera, one of Kyoto’s most popular temples, make contact with traditional Japanese culture during a ceramics session. You’ll learn about the centuries-old craft of kiyomizu-yaki (pottery making), and use an electric potter’s wheel to shape your own original, handmade cup. Plus, the option to ship your souvenir to your home country removes the hassle of transporting fragile goods. 
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  • 30 minutes
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US$24.35
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Painting Experience-Fun to Draw, Fun to Create-Art Classes

Painting Experience-Fun to Draw, Fun to Create-

 Flow of plan 1 Greetings, explanation of how to use the brush (5 minutes) 2 paper sketches & practice (10 minutes)  (For foreigners, call on a calligraphy experience where you write your name in Japanese. Please take it home as a work.) Let's draw on 3 fabrics! Combine your favorite color (40 minutes) 4We do heat treatment and give work on the spot (5 minutes) Let's draw your favorite character and picture freely with your favorite color! There are no rules for producing works! Let's enjoy it at will, totally freely! Of course, if there is a consultation such as "what kind of design is good", the staff will be happy to support you, so please rest assured. With a small number of people, please enjoy the production slowly. You can sit in the chair and enjoy painting at your own pace in the renovated Kyomachiya store. After the experience, heat treatment on the spot, so you can take your work home.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$26.22
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US$26.22
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MANGA Experience Japanese CultureArt Classes

MANGA Experience Japanese Culture

Kyoto is a historic town where art and art are thriving. And the subculture is also developing. After experiencing the history of Kyoto, please come into contact with the art. Participate in a memorable Japanese manga workshop as one of the memories of sightseeing in Japan.
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  • 2 hours
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US$691.22
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Kyoto Hands-on weaving session -plain weaveCraft Classes

Kyoto Hands-on weaving session -plain weave

You can see the traditional NISHIKI weaving, which is synonymous with Japanese beauty, and experience weaving.The tour of the workshop is commented.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$24.45
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Furoshiki experience in Kyoto MAIKOYACraft Classes

Furoshiki experience in Kyoto MAIKOYA

Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. Children must be accompanied by an adult Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.22
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A world-class craft workshop that follows Kyoto craftsmen in townhousesCraft Classes

A world-class craft workshop that follows Kyoto craftsmen in townhouses

It is one of the few workshops in modern times where you can learn at a craftsmanship shop. The venue for the experience in front of the temple famous for Zen in Kyoto, Daitokuji, is located in the same site. “Separation”, where the workshop is held, is a renovation of an old Kyoto building (Kyomachiya) about 100 years ago. In addition, there are works of contemporary artists from Japan and abroad, You can enjoy a space where you can enjoy tradition and art. The items we make are cute items made by “knobwork” born in the Edo period. The design is 3 patterns. In addition, the metal fittings are 3 patterns: clip, bag, and bag charm. In addition to the standard 8 colors, there are two seasonal colors that can be selected from 10 light silks. Only one in the world with infinite combinations. Enjoy your favorite thumbwork! Kinkakuji Temple is 10 minutes by bus before and after the experience. It is also recommended that you stop by Zengu Shrine or Daitokuji Temple, where you can enjoy a beautiful stone garden, or Imamiya Shrine, which has the oldest Japanese tea house (cafe) born more than 1000 years ago! This area is also attractive for its calm atmosphere, so please enjoy it slowly. * Private activities (charters) are also available for those who wish.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$34.32
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Japanese Taiko Drumming Class in KyotoMusic Classes

Japanese Taiko Drumming Class in Kyoto

Japanese drums are called “Taiko drums” and this fun hands-on experience shows you how to play them. You won’t have to worry if you’ve never played an instrument before as this class is suitable for all ages and abilities. Enjoy a lesson that explains things step-by-step, such as how to hold drumsticks, how to stand, and basic techniques. Your group will be limited to ten people, so it won’t feel overcrowded, and by the end, you’ll learn to play a basic song together.
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  • 1 hour
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US$106.39
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Koto lessons for music loverMusic Classes

Koto lessons for music lover

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Ⅼearn traditional musical instrument Koto that have been around for about 350 years. The instructor is a professional musician with 27 years of teaching. In one hour, you will be able to play the famous Japanese song 'Sakura' and enjoy the ensemble. After that, I use the rest of the time to teach various unique techniques. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially. You can see the beautiful view of Nijo Castle from the window of the lesson room. After the experience, we will offer green tea and traditional Kyoto seasonal sweets.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.12
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Perform a dance in traditional attireDance Lessons

Perform a dance in traditional attire

You will dress up in a yukata—a light summer kimono—and learn the Bon Odori dance. What is Bon Dance? The origin of Bon Odori dates back to the Heian era, when a monk named Kuya chanted in rhythm to have people remember Nembutsu—a popular Buddhist chant. This eventually became the Nembutsu dance that then spread to the people and the Bon Festival, a celebration that honors the spirits of ancestors. In the Kamakura period, Bon dance evolved into a traditional art and it became entertainment for the people.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$46.20
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Japanese Flower Arrangement at Zen Temple, Daitokuji TempleArt Classes

Japanese Flower Arrangement at Zen Temple, Daitokuji Temple

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that was once practiced by Samurai warriors. Discover this ancient tradition with a private class near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Golden Pavilion. No need to worry if you’re new to flower arranging—your instructor explains the history of the art, the basic principles, and guides you through techniques as you create your own flower masterpiece.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$58.67
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