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Samurai School and mini show in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

Available from Oct 26

Samurai School and mini show in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

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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 1.5-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.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.85
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$71.85
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Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan

Available from Jan 4

Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan

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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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.82
Price varies by group size
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$40.82
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Bento Box Cooking Class

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Bento Box Cooking Class

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.13
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$85.13
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PRIVATE Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA

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PRIVATE Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA

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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, learn about Japanese history and sample matcha green tea, a local specialty. Plus, wearing a traditional kimono means you leave the experience with fantastic photographs to commemorate your time in Kyoto.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.76
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$175.76
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.88
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Guided Tour + Samurai & Ninja Experience

Available from Oct 31

Guided Tour + Samurai & Ninja Experience

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Fans of samurai and ninja history won’t want to miss wielding a real katana sword while in Kyoto. From the Heian period through the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, samurai and ninja roamed Kyoto’s streets. Get an immersive tour of these heroes’ history as a professional guide leads you through the Samurai and Ninja Museum. Your hands-on experience includes wearing samurai armor, wielding katana and ninja stars, and posing with replica swords.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.85
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$26.85
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3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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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. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.14
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$85.14
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1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$61.09
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$61.09
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Private And Personalized Experience: See Kyoto With A Local

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Private And Personalized Experience: See Kyoto With A Local

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Exploring the historic city of Kyoto with a local guide gives you an experience you won’t get by following a guidebook itinerary. Discover local neighborhoods, see iconic attractions, and get recommendations from a guide who creates a personalized route based on your interests and needs.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$79.71
Price varies by group size
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$79.71
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Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

Available from Oct 31

Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

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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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.88
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$87.88

Kimono in Pictures in a Japanese Traditional House

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Kimono in Pictures in a Japanese Traditional House

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.40
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$73.40

Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

Available from Jan 4

Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$69.82
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$69.82
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Fushimi Inari and Sake Tasting Tour

Available from Jan 7

Fushimi Inari and Sake Tasting Tour

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Discover two sides to Kyoto as you visit one of its most famous shrines, then learn about sake production and tasting, during this 3.5-hour excursion in Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, an iconic religious site with striking red torii (gates). Then visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, to learn how the drink is made and try some samples. Finish with another tasting at a Kyoto sake store. This 3.5-hour visit includes a guide, train transport and all sake tastings and entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

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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.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.04
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$30.04

Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

Available from Jan 4

Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

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Get a taste for the diverse world of Japanese sake, spanning both ancient traditions and modern innovations, during this 45-minute, small-group tour and tasting. Learn about more modern methods at the Matsui Shuzo sake brewery, and then sample a few brews of your own as your guide explains the flavor notes, ingredients, and nuances of your selection. This small-group experience, limited to just 10 participants, also includes a taxi to the brewery and all entrance fees.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.15
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$60.15
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8 Hours Tour In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

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8 Hours Tour In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$170.05
Price varies by group size
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$170.05
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Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

Available from Oct 28

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

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Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.28
Price varies by group size
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$106.28
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4 Hours In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

Available today

4 Hours In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.28
Price varies by group size
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$106.28
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Kyoto Samurai Experience

Available from Jul 1

Kyoto Samurai Experience

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.17
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$117.17
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Sushi - Authentic Japanese Cooking Class - the best souvenir from Kyoto!

Available from Oct 26

Sushi - Authentic Japanese Cooking Class - the best souvenir from Kyoto!

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One of the best souvenirs any traveler can bring back from Japan is the ability to make and appreciate authentic Japanese sushi. Get up to speed with the art of making sushi, Japanese soup and pickled ginger during this small group cooking class. Capped at eight people, this class offers a relaxed environment that other, larger sushi classes often don’t – and a hands on experience that you can’t get from cooking channels on the internet or TV.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.80
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$69.80

Authentic Seasonal Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with a Charming Local in Kyoto

Available from Mar 1

Authentic Seasonal Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with a Charming Local in Kyoto

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When traveling abroad, there is no other experience like sitting down for a meal with a local. Michiyo opens her Kyoto home to visitors to cook a meal and share conversation. Enjoy learning to make authentic Japanese cuisine, from dashi (fish broth) to chirashi sushi with your Kyoto native host. Enjoy sitting down together to for a meal with paired alcoholic drinks to accent your delicious food.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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Kyoto sake tasting near Fushimi Inari

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Kyoto sake tasting near Fushimi Inari

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.52
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$97.52

Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto : Couple plan

Available from Oct 27

Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto : Couple plan

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Sign up for a Japanese makeover in Kyoto with this photography experience. Designed for a couple, this makeover includes being photographed in traditional dress as a maiko and a samurai. Women will wear a kimono and have Japanese make-up applied while men wear a kimono and obi. Take photos home to capture the experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$242.75
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Private Tea Ceremony Experience and Japanese Lunch in Kyoto

Available from Oct 27

Private Tea Ceremony Experience and Japanese Lunch in Kyoto

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Get schooled in the movements and artistry of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony during this private, guided, 90-minute experience in Kyoto. Discover the history and utensils used in the tea ceremony, along with the history of green tea. Then observe the traditional boiling, pouring and preparing involved in the ceremony, led by a lecturer at Urasenke, one of the country’s most famous tea schools. You’ll also get the chance to try making your own powdered green tea and finish with a traditional Japanese lunch.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$129.79
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$129.79