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Address: 761 Tenshu-cho, Takakura-dori, Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 752129993
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9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on...

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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The best of Kyoto

Teen daughter and I took a cooking class, dressed in kimono and tea ceremony ( with some origami thrown in). The most amazing day. Learnt so much, had so much fun. The women are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We visited Wak Japan recently. We found the experience really good but we found the attitude of the lady running it, called, Asta Very Arrogant. It muddied our opinion about the visit, as by her own teachings the Japanese culture is ALL about politeness. We wish she gets this message and digests it so that the attitude changes. Most of... More 

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Michi075, オーナー at WAK Japan, responded to this review

We deeply apologize that our staff, Asta, made you feel unpleasant. We will train our staff hardly and not to repeat such a thing again. She deeply apologizes to you for her careless attitude. And she is aware of her immature with your comment, thinking back on why and what she learned tea culture. You taught her the principal of... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Teen daughter and I took a cooking class, dressed in kimono and tea ceremony ( with some origami thrown in). The most amazing day. Learnt so much, had so much fun. The women are beautiful people, so informative, excellent English , very friendly and engaging. An absolute highlight of our mum and daughter trip! I'd give it a 6 star... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wife and I attended a kimono wearing session. We both got dressed in traditional dress. Out WAK host, Kimiko, was lovely - enthusiastic, fun and a great host for the session. We arrived very early, but that was not a problem, and the whole session was fun, informative and enjoyable. You pick a kimono, sash, hair decoration (ladies) and Kimiko... More 

Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We took several classes there (kimonos, origami and cooking). We had a good time. I would like to emphasize the good time we had during the cooking class. The ladies were really nice. we ate the meal we cooked and it was really tasty. Our children had a lot of fun too.

Leawood, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This traditional Town house (Machiya) offers classes on Japanese cooking, Kimono wearing, flower arrangements, Calligaphy, Origami and many other options. We took the Japanese cooking class today and really enjoyed it. The training is very personal (one on a few ) and very friendly and professionally done.

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

If you have a couple of hours to spare when in Kyoto I would recommend a visit to WAK Japan. Set in an original townhouse in Kyoto my husband, myself and adult daughter were instructed in the art of traditional dress and the tea cermony by our delightful hostess. After tea we were shown an original sake brewery a short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We recently attended a one hour calligraphy class at WAK Japan in Kyoto and were absolutely delighted by the experience. Our instructor, As'ka, was knowledgable, friendly, engaging, supportive and more. We learned the basic stroke techniques and then practiced writing a word of our choice, culminating in the creation of our final "masterpieces". Our family spans a good range of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We are glad that we have decided to take the sake tasting tour although we have visited Kyoto for a few times. Our tour guide Yoshie is a very pleasant lady also very passionate about sake and culture. The brewery recommended was a great choice too.

Verwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We are so pleased that we booked these two experiences - a tea ceremony and origami lesson through WAK Japan. Our guide/translator met us at our hotel and we were driven to an authentic Japanese home where our wonderful host led us through a traditional tea ceremony. This was a really beautiful and humbling experience and we were able to... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Undertook two different classes - cooking (chicken teriyaki) and calligraphy, both at the WAK Japan location. Both these activities were amazing and gave a great insight into Japanese customs. It was fantastic to cook in an authentic Japanese kitchen - and to enjoy eating it at the end! And to write some words in Japanese (including our names), was very... More 

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.