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WAK Japan

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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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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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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"Great tea ceremony experience"

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
Sharon M
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Holland, Michigan
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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 

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had the most amazing experience with WAK Japan. Did a sushi rolling class. Very good value for money, we made, SUSHI, MISO SOUP, SPINACH SALAD with SESAME DRESSING. Really enjoyed it and made some delicious food!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We did the tea ceremony and calligraphy. These were private experiences. The woman who did the tea ceremony explained so much. Both the sweets and tea were very good. We enjoyed the calligraphy, too, but some of the other WAK experiences look more interesting.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

As a break from the usual Japan attractions it seemed a great idea to goto a origami class and also to include kimonos. Our tour manager suggested several people would be doing it but it was just the 2 of us. What a great afternoon we had. First the kimono wearing. My wife and I wear dressed in kimonos we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you can create the time this is a wonderful experience. We did the Kimono dressing, tea ceremony and sake brewery visit. The tea ceremony had its serious side but once completed we had a go at making and serving the powdered green tea and that was fun too. Afterwards we wandered round the street corner to the brewery for... More 

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Melb, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Have just returned from a fabulous walking tour in Kyoto run by WAK Japan. Turned out it was just myself on the tour and though thete was another small group doing same tour I was lucky enough to have 1 on 1 tour. Started off with Yumi going through the Nishiki markets. What a fascinating place. This is the place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Great experience in a rainy day! At first we were uncertain if trying to wear kimono and take pictures or if making origami session. In the end I was suggested to do both in the same moment: to wear kimono and make origami dressed in that way! It has been so amusing choose the colors and pattern I preferred for... More 

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Michi075, WAK JAPAN at WAK Japan, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We are glad to hear that. More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

we combined 2 courses and we really enjoyed them both. Our instructor was a very nice lady and she explained many things concerning the roots and standards of origami and the meaning and principles of Japanese calligraphy. It was a very entertaining activity and the best thing is that you get an origami book to try some more things later... More 

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Michi075, WAK JAPAN at WAK Japan, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on our programs. We hope you sometimes practice Origami after getting back home as well. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I had the best experience with wak japan. I did the kimono wearing and tea ceremony. I lucked out and was the only one, just me and this wonderful older woman whos name i forger. She was so sweet and genuinely interested in me, as well as happy to answer my questions for her. I learned so much!! Her english... More 

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Michi075, WAK JAPAN at WAK Japan, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and lovely photos.We are very happy to know that you had unforgettable experiences at WAK JAPAN. More 

Caesarea, Israel
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to Japan. Yoshie met us for an hour and a half tour of the Nishiki Market (to pick out ingredients for our cooking class) plus a short temple visit and saki tasting in a nearby brewery. Her English was excellent and her energy, warmth and sense of humor an absolute delight. She delivered... More 

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Michi075, WAK JAPAN at WAK Japan, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed our tour. Hopefully we can see you next year again. More 

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