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Address: 761 Tenshu-cho, Takakura-dori, Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-212-9993
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Description: WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on experiences...
WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on experiences such as tea ceremony, cooking, calligraphy, flower arrangement, kimono wearing, koto playing, and many more at a beautifully restored machiya (traditional wooden house) In addition, we also arrange guided tours, visits to an exclusive temples, etc.
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Private Tour
$116*
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Private Sushi and Tempura Cooking Class at a Local Kyoto Home
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$33*
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Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master
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$98*
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Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market...

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Sushi making class - great fun

This hidden gem was a great unexpected highlight of our trip in Kyoto. Yumiko and Yoko showed us how to make miso soup and sushi in a friendly and fun class which was very much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This hidden gem was a great unexpected highlight of our trip in Kyoto. Yumiko and Yoko showed us how to make miso soup and sushi in a friendly and fun class which was very much a hands on lessons. We then got to eat everything in a lovely little tea room looking out onto a traditional japanese garden

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

WAK Japan isn't far from the main Kyoto station - around 20 mins by train. We attended a private class so there was only 2 of us and a fantastic English speaking guide who explained everything very diligently & took the time to explain the cultural relevance to every part of the ceremony. We were kitted out in full Kimono... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We travelled here by cab, but it's not far from the metro. We joined a very small group for a really lovely tea ceremony, the lady leading the ceremony explained to us in good English what she was doing at every stage, and included us so that we knew what to do and what to say. You drink maccha, not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We attended the class with our adult son at the instructors home accompanied by an English speaking guide and had a wonderful time! We gained a real insight into Japanese cooking and thoroughly enjoyed the food afterwards. Our instructor was knowledgeable, informative and communicated her enthusiasm wonderfully. She also explained the puzzle of the stacked parking to us, which had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Our experience started with a private tour of the Nishiki market, buying some of our ingredients for our cookery class along the way. Our guide provided a thorough and interesting commentary on the various food on offer at the market. Later, we stopped by a sake brewery for tasting and a visit to a traditional wooden town house (Machiya). We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Situated in a restored 'Machiya' town house in Kyoto, we spent an hour learning about the mysteries & meanings of the tea ceremony, executed with such refinement, dexterity & modesty. It's time spent well in the tranquillity & peace of the house with such a beautiful garden - leave your cares outside! Traditionally Japanese & really worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I took the origami session on my first afternoon in Japan. The premises were a little tricky to find, but the ladies and the house were exquisitely charming. It wasn't a long session but just the right level of activity for an afternoon while coping with jet lag. I will definitely go again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My wife and I were spending few days days in Kyoto and our travel guide recommended we try this cooking class or a tea ceremony as a cultural experience. Being foodies we opted for the former and it did not disappoint. Our guide Akiko kindly picked us up from the hotel and took us to the home of our gracious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

My significant other and I really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and delicious sake. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and was warm and welcoming. Would definitely recommend this adventure.

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I highly recommend a tea ceremony at WAK on your Kyoto itinerary. This helps one understand Japanese culture in a peaceful and relaxing way. The tea master carefully plans each ceremony from wall hangings, fresh flowers, kimono, tea bowls, and sweets. This was a "once in a lifetime" experience for me with a friend.

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Michi075, マネージャー at WAK Japan, responded to this review

Thank you for your warm comment, Sharon-san. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our tea ceremony program and touch the heart of Japanese spirit through your experience. Tea ceremony is more than just drinking Ma-Cha, it is a spiritual experience that emodies harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Hope you try and enjoy Japanese tea ceremony at your home! from Yumi... More 

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