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When in Japan, don't miss the chance to experience the traditions of this fascinating country. Choose from a variety of classes in tea ceremony, calligraphy or zen meditation. Dress like a geisha, or stroll through town wearing a colorful kimono. Fans of Japan's martial arts can learn about the skills of the legendary ninja and samurai from masters. Book the best activities and read other travelers reviews on Veltra.
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  1. No.1
    Learn about the life of geisha and maiko on this evening tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Feel the history of Gion as you walk, and see Kyoto's famous maiko!
    English Available

    USD14.28

    Mon, Wed, Fri
    2.5 hour(s) (evening)
  2. No.2
    Change into a modern style kimono while gazing at the scenic landscape as you cruise down Shogawa Gorge. Located an hour away from Kanazawa or Shin-Takaoka, make your way to the wood carving capital of Inami to obverse some impeccable wood crafts.
    Meal Provided

    From USD85.67

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. No.3
    Choose from over one hundred lovely kimonos and transform yourself for memorable photos in a studio. Children, friends and families are welcome for an enjoyable kimono experience.

    USD59.02

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. With women's, men's, and children's kimono available, the whole family can dress up and stroll the scenic streets and gardens and even try a delicious Nagoya-style meal!

    From USD47.60

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)
  5. Learn the fascinating art of shodo! Get to know the history and vibrant culture of Japan through its beautiful writing as an experienced teacher guides you on how to write like a true calligrapher.
    English Available

    From USD34.27

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  6. The Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage is the oldest such route in Japan. Travel part of the historic route in a comfortable taxi and visit Tsubosakadera, Okadera, Hasedera, Hokiin, and Nanendo Temples.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD344.13

    Daily
    7 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. Enjoy the taste of green matcha tea, and take a moment to relax while sightseeing! Learn the basics of tea ceremony from the friendly owner.

    From USD12.38

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  8. Try out the elegant outfits worn by pilgrims during the Heian period, for cool pictures. Take a walk around Mt.Nachi, and experience the Kumanokodo Route in a whole new way!

    From USD19.04

    Daily
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Stroll the streets of Nagoya in style with a beautiful and colorful kimono. Select from a variety of styles and explore the city while taking memorable photos in the gorgeous garment.
    English Available

    USD61.69

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)
  10. Learn to write your name in traditional Japanese characters. Discover the art and beauty of Japanese writing through a calligraphy lesson given by a famous shodo artist, with English assistance.
    English Available

    From USD99.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  11. Discover the art of the brush and ink. Learn how to write your name or favorite words in Japanese using traditional shodo calligraphy techniques from an award-winning English-speaking instructor.
    English Available

    From USD38.08

    Weekday
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  12. Entertain guests or family with special maiko performances in a private tea house in the heart of Kyoto. Enjoy sake and delicious Japanese cuisine for a memorable evening of refinement and culture.
    Meal Provided

    From USD228.47

    Group Discount
    Daily
    1.5 - 2.5 hour(s) (evening)
  13. Soothe your mind with an elegant and peaceful tea ceremony in historic Nara, a short walk from Todaiji Temple. Located in a Showa era building, this tea ceremony takes you back to a quieter time.

    USD47.60

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Go sightseeing around Dazaifu and Yanagawa dressed in a beautiful kimono! Choose your favorite pattern, then enjoy taking pictures around the town.

    From USD31.41

    Daily
    3 - 8 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  15. Experience Zen in the monochromatic traditional Japanese art of shodo (calligraphy). Learn how to write kanji characters in a friendly environment and enjoy the meditative process of putting brush to paper and creating your own elegant works of art.
    English Available

    USD47.60

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  16. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Put on a beautiful kimono and learn nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance), an art form that has been refined over the past 400 years!
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD157.07

    Group Discount
    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  17. Visit a traditional Japanese farmhouse to discover the history and culture of Japan. Find out how Nagoya played an important role in history while learning basic calligraphy and the art of tea with a knowledgeable English-speaking instructor.
    English Available

    USD157.07

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  18. Make your very own T-shirt after a short calligraphy lesson. Learn how to use the brush and ink before picking a favorite Japanese phrase or kanji to write on your shirt! Perfect way to make a memorable and personalized souvenir to take home!
    English Available

    USD46.54

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  19. Perfect your ninja skills by dressing up as one in the streets of Matsue! Strike a pose in front of the castle and take awesome photos of yourself within the traditional Japanese castle town. Sizes available for both children and adults.

    USD20.56

    Daily
    2 - 7 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  20. Put on a full kimono and step back through time to the Edo period. Take your oil-paper Japanese umbrella in hand and stroll along the 400-meter stretch of Udatsu Old Street. Take pictures as you explore the former center of aizome indigo dyeing.
    English Available

    USD23.80

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)

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