• Tour code: 6117KYOJHKYJC
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Japan on a 2-hour tour in Kyoto. With an accomplished guide, admire the architectural tableau of Kyoto while gaining insight into its ancient traditions. At an restored shophouse, enjoy a tea ceremony and try on a beautiful silk kimono. Then stroll through a traditional neighborhood and visit a sake brewery to sample one of Japan’s most iconic beverages, or opt for an introduction to the art of origami. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 10 participants.


  • 2-hour introduction to Japanese culture in Kyoto
  • Take in the beauty of a classic wooden shophouse, called a machiya, where your tour begins
  • Wear a kimono and learn the history of this quintessential Japanese garment
  • Participate in a tea ceremony and understand the meaning behind the ritualized art of preparing and serving tea
  • Stroll through a traditional neighborhood and visit a sake brewery for a tasting (if option selected)
  • Be introduced to origami, the Japanese art of paper folding (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Tour: Introduction to Japanese Culture

Kyoto Small-Group Tour: Introduction to Japanese Culture

Greet your guide and small group at a traditional wooden teahouse known as a machiya to commence your 2-hour cultural experience. Admire the stylistic features of the machiya as you follow your guide on an informative tour of the classic shophouse; learn about the structures’ function and their impending extinction before settling into a tranquil room to try on a silken kimono.

Don your exquisite item of clothing and pose for fantastic photographs while listening to your guide explain the cultural significance of the kimono. Disrobe and delve into the ceremonial art of the tea ceremony as a tea master performs the meditative ritual; watch as matcha, a type of powdered green tea, is prepared meticulously and served steaming hot.

Conclude your tour with with one of the following two options, selected at booking:

Option 1: Walking Tour and Sake TastingTake a leisurely stroll through Kyoto’s old neighborhood. You’ll stop at a sake brewery to sample the national beverage and toast the success of your insightful tour with your guide and group. Bid farewell to your companions here and continue exploring independently if you so wish.

Option 2: Origami IntroductionTry your hand at origami, the delicate art of Japanese paper folding. Following an introduction, get some practice shaping your own origami into small sculptures. You’ll receive helpful tips from your guide.

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