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Cultural Experiences in Kyoto
From wearing kimono to attending a tea ceremony, and trying traditional crafts to brushing up your calligraphy, get to the heart of Kyoto's traditions! With so many options to choose from, Kyoto can cater to all your travel needs. You can become a maiko thanks to a make-over, or pedal through the streets for a more active experience. Relax with a cup of matcha tea, or book an evening of cuisine and geisha entertainment. Check out the reviews and photos of other guests, and book with confidence.
10Activities
  1. Conveniently located a minute away from the Kinkakuji temple, enjoy a special tea ceremony at Koto. Ceremonies in English are also available for a memorable time in Japan.
    English Available

    From USD24.41

    Group Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (afternoon)
  2. Create a scarf or furoshiki cloth wrapper using traditional shibori dyeing techniques and take home a wearable souvenir of your visit to Kyoto.

    USD27.12

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Fold, twist and transform fabric to create a unique kanzashi hair ornament, the same type that is used by Kyoto geisha. You can learn this amazing art and make a one of a kind souvenir.

    USD27.12

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. Become one of Kyoto's lovely maiko for a day. Professional staff will do the white make up and help you dress in a bright kimono before a photo shoot! You can also stroll Kyoto for even more pictures.
    English Available

    From USD47.83

    62%
    OFF
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  5. Discover the techniques of the samurai and learn the basics of kembu, a refined style of sword dancing that passes down the samurai spirit and methods.
    English Available

    From USD36.16

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  6. Get a special local's eye view of Kyoto as you cycle through hidden back roads. Pedal past all gems of this fantastic city with your on an incredible, private bike tour!
    English Available
    Special

    From USD49.71

    Group Discount
    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. Experience Zen thought via this monochrome art form. Learn how to write kanji characters of your choice, and create your own piece of ink and paper artwork!
    English Available

    USD45.20

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. Led by a genuine ninja who trained in Iga, the homeland of ninjas. Learn the tricks and stealthy moves of these iconic spies. Participants will receive a Ninja License after the course!
    English Available

    From USD36.16

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1.5 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Join in and learn the basics of playing the traditional Japanese koto (13-stringed zither). Open to solo travelers and groups, pluck the strings and learn to play the folk tune 'Sakura'.
    English Available

    USD54.23

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  10. Stop by the workshop of craftsmen who make beautiful Kyoto-style fans, which you can use or display as ornaments. Watch and learn from the artists before trying your hand at making your own fan!
    English Available

    USD22.60

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)

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