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Tea ceremony, calligraphy and shrine experience

Nakano City, Japan

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Explore traditional Japanese culture with this guided experience in Tokyo. Begin with a class in authentic calligraphy and learn to write your name using kanji, the characters used in Japanese writing. Then, enjoy an authentic tea ceremony featuring Japanese sweets and matcha that you can whisk yourself. Finish with a trip to the picturesque Shinmei Hikawa Shrine.
  • Experience Japanese customs with this quick trip to Tokyo’s J Culture House
  • Sharpen your art skills with a calligraphy class and bring your work home
  • Participate in a tea ceremony and learn the concept of “Wakei Seijyaku”
  • Learn about Japanese spiritual life with a visit to Shinmei Hikawa shrine
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Excellent peek into the charming traditions
, Nov 2019
Place was easy to find and warm welcome by Hide san even in traditional kimono and hakama! The calligraphy was introduced by very nice video, then followed by detailed descriptions of all the elements and finally the practice itself. Hide san was very sensei in the amazing way. Well prepared, motivating and the most importantly patient! I really enjoyed this part and raised my interest into this art. Tea ceremony was charming, in the actual tea room. With briefing before and after. All questions answered. I visited Shinto shrine many times and red a lot about the customs.But it's truly different to visit it with some one who is part of this tradition. Specially the visit of the shrine in the end made very nice dot of the entire experience. Highly recommended! Very satisfying. Great duration. Very friendly and kind atmosphere! ありがとうございます
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you very much for participating.Hope you enjoyed it. And Thank you for your good review! I will make more efforts in providing better service. Thank you again. Hide
Nice, but didn't feel authentic
, May 2019
I booked this as a set with the fish market tour to get a discount. I wish I'd done my homework as this didn't feel like a truly authentic tea ceremony. I wish I'd gone with one with the full kimono. The gentleman was nice and the ceremony was nice. I just didn't feel like it was 100% authentic without the kimono.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you very much for participating. Our workshop is set for busy tourists who want to experience 3 Japanese cultural experiences in short time. At tea ceremony chakai, wearing kimono is not necessity and wearing kimono takes time. In this experience, I tend to wear Japanese style clothes which can be used in both calligraphy and tea ceremony. Thank you very much for precious opinion. I’d like to make improvement.Thanks again.
Super expérience
, Apr 2019
Nous avons découvert la calligraphie pendant 1h avec un enseignant, chez lui. Nous n’étions que tous les 3. Il nous a appris différentes techniques puis nous avons écrit plusieurs mots de notre choix ainsi que nos prénoms. Il était très patient et très à l’écoute. Après le cours, il nous a enseigné les rituels de la cérémonie du thé. Enfin, nous nous sommes rendus dans le petit parc à côté de chez lui et il nous a expliqué les différents rituels de prière devant le temple. C’était une super expérience, une des meilleures de notre voyage. Nous recommandons fortement.

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