• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 37.98 View price calendar

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Learn the intricate arts of Japan during a small-group origami class or calligraphy lesson, taught by an instructor inside an authentic Kyoto home during a 1- or 1.5-hour lesson. Choose between a calligraphy session, involving the methodical practice of applying brush to paper, or try your hand at origami, the delicate skill of paper folding. You can also upgrade your origami session with an optional dress-up in a traditional kimono. No matter your choice, you’ll receive personal attention during this small-group lesson, limited to just 7 participants.


  • 1- to 2-hour Japanese cultural experience in Kyoto
  • Learn to write Japanese calligraphy with brushstrokes and ink (if option selected)
  • Practice the art of origami and fold paper into small sculptures (if option selected)
  • Dress in a gorgeous kimono and wear it during your origami lesson (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Cultural Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class

Kyoto Small-Group Culture Experience: Calligraphy or Origami Class with Optional Kimono Wearing

Apply yourself to the traditional artisan practices of Japan as you enjoy a 1 to 1.5-hour lesson learning origami or calligraphy from a local expert. Along the way you’ll discover the delicate beauty and supreme concentration fostered by these two elegant Japanese traditions.

Pick your preferred class time and skill from the list of options, proceeding to the machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), located just 5 minutes from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. These iconic houses, utilizing a characteristic building style of this ancient Japanese city, offer the perfect environment for your lesson. Upon your arrival you’ll meet your English-speaking guide and instructor who will oversee your lesson.

After observing a demonstration by your instructor, spend a few moments working to test and perfect your own origami/calligraphy technique. As you work to improve your skill, receive helpful tips from your instructor and translator along the way.

For those that select the kimono-dressing experience, you’ll have the opportunity continue wearing your ensemble as you fold more origami.

View full descriptions of each itinerary below.

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Customer Reviews

Claudette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Fantastic experience. I booked a school group to do this experience and all students loved it.

Alistair H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The origami class was enormously enjoyable for both myself and my 11 year old daughter.

Katrina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our origami sensei was a lovely lady who taught us a number of different origami skills. Our daughter loved the experience, as did we. Highly recommend this experience.

aaron s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This experience was truly wonderful. Our teacher was so kind and welcoming - she made the class so fun. My wife and I got to try to fold many different origami pieces. It was one of the best things we have done in Japan, and I highly recommend it.

Kirsten M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A really lovely peaceful 1 hour origami class. Just myself and my 11 year old daughter in the group so we moved quickly and made several pieces. Tomoko our tutor was a delightful lady and very kind to my daughter.
A welcome break from the hustle and crowds
We came away with a booklet of instructions.

Elaine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My fiance and I took a private calligraphy class together. The teacher did a great job guiding us and helping us to paint perfect calligraphy strokes. Calligraphy is much harder than we thought, but by the end of class we got the hang of it! We were able to take home all of our practice pages, and also our final 'masterpiece' which we've displayed on our wall at home :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

An easy to find location, around the corner from the National Museum.Thoroughly enjoyed this calligraphy lesson with Yoshei. I have a martial arts background so I can appreciate the spirit and process of this traditional calligraphy. Yoshei was a very genuine practitioner of the art, and was very encouraging and supportive while you were made aware of the disciplines of the tradition. Yoshei made sure you'd have something to take home it can cost for retail calligraphy. It felt a bit rushed, I could have comfortably spent 1.5 hrs instead of 1hr and paid a bit extra for this unique experience. Really nice teacher and experience!

Alexander F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

a great experience! We had a blast and got to experience Japanese culture.They were friendly, helpful and charming. Highly recommended.

Jeff R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was so much fun and a great experience for all ages. The ladies could not have been nicer or more engaging. And relaxing after long day of travel.

Kylie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent introduction to the art of calligraphy. Smart, informative teacher and easy-to-find location. A small taste with a lovely art piece to keep at the end.

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