Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. 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.
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.
Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw with a private guide for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto. Depending on the ride length you select, be peddled through the serene shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, discovering its picturesque Bamboo Grove, or admiring the wooden structures and ancient alleys of the Higashiyama district.
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.
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.
Visit the enchanting district of Arashiyama, renowned for its thick bamboo groves, resident monkeys, and well-preserved sacred shrines. On this personalized excursion, you’ll join a local guide to explore the stunning region, which lies at the foothills of the Arashiyama Mountains. Tours include admission tickets to four local temples as well as Okochi Sanso Villa, a traditional Japanese home and garden inscribed as national cultural properties.
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.
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.
Get an authentic cultural experience as you learn to wear a kimono in a 100-year-old Kyo-machiya, a traditional Kyoto house. Dress in a kimono and choose to add on a hairstyling service to match your outfit. Experienced staff help you dress and take professional photos of your group in the tatami rooms and Japanese garden. You can then wear your kimono to appreciate Kyoto’s historical sights.
Experience the traditions of Japan at a tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of two different tea ceremony options—one is hosted in a machiya (typical wooden house) and the other ceremony is complete with kimono dress. Your ceremony includes a guide, who provides translation.
It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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.
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!
When visiting the historic city of Kyoto, you see many women walking around in authentic kimono. If you want to try wearing kimono yourself, this experience is for you. Dress in a furisode (formal, long-sleeved kimono), traditionally worn by unmarried young women. Experienced staff help you dress. You can then wear your kimono to appreciate Kyoto’s historical sights and take photographs.
When visiting Kyoto, an essential experience is a tea ceremony with a Maiko. You’ll save time researching where to meet a real Maiko by having the experience organized for you. Learn about the world of Geisha, and have an English-speaking member of staff to help translate. You won’t have to worry about organizing where to eat, as drinks and snacks are provided too.
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.
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.
Learn about martial arts and sword fighting during a hands-on experience at the Samurai and Ninja Museum in Kyoto. You'll find out what it's like to be a samurai as you learn basic techniques and practice with a sword. This is a great way to gain insight into a piece of Japanese culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will take you through the steps of making sushi starting with preparing the lightly vinegared rice and finishing off with the perfect sushi roll!
Together we will be making various types of sushi including Temaki-zushi(like California rolls) which you will be able to prepare when you get back home!
Our English-speaking instructors will also teach you about the history of Japanese cuisine during this process.
At the end of the workshop everyone will be given a *new* sushi rolling mat (which is essential for making sushi!) and a recipe sheet on how to make the sushi again so you can prepare some for your friends and family back home!