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WAK Japan

761 Tenshu-cho, Takakura-dori, Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-0812, Japan
+81 75-212-9993
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Ranked #13 of 48 activities in Kyoto
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on experiences such as tea ceremony, cooking, calligraphy, flower arrangement, kimono... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We attended a tea and kimono ceremony . We booked through viator (who I would avoid at all costs due to poor customer service and over the top prices). The staff at wak japan are very hospitable and friendly. They have good English. The ceremony was 1.5 hours. Very easy to find. It is around the corner from the subway.... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We agreed to go to WAK Japan Tea ceremony as part of our visit to Kyoto to understand more of the culture and history of the area, we got it and more in spades! Passion and pride in what they do and the rituals of time gone by are relived and still practiced, sat there being tutored in our full... More

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

We are grateful for your lovely comment. We are happy to know that you had a wonderful time at WAK JAPAN. Thank you. More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

For my experience at WAK I spent 2 hours doing calligraphy & origami with a lovely lady named Aska. She was very friendly and easy to get along with. It was just the right balance of friendly chatting and hands on learning. I was shown how to make a few different types of origami (including an impressive super-crane) and I... More

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

Dear Grace Snell san Thank you very much for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We are grateful to your valuable feedback in helping us make WAK JAPAN better. We are glad to know that you enjoyed Origami and Calligraphy experience. Hope we will be able to see you in the future again. Kind regards, Hirono Takahashi WAK JAPAN More

Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

When we are asked to introduce overseas' people to Japanese traditional cultures such as Tea Ceremony, we have some trouble to explain it to them. For example in my case, as I haven't learned Tea Ceremony, I cannot explain it even in Japanese. There are several places where we can experience Tea Ceremony, but nobody in fact explains the detail... 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 tea ceremony program. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed the tea ceremony experience. Hope we can see you again in the near future! More

Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We did a calligraphy class with a young woman and it was very fun. The class was only supposed to be an hour but we stayed well beyond that, practicing many different characters before settling on our design. We were even allowed to create two posters for souvenirs. She taught us a lot, knew English quite well, and was very... More

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

We appreciate your comment on calligraphy program. We are glad that you have nice memories at WAK JAPAN. Hope you'll come back to Kyoto sometime again! More

Vancouver, Canada
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42 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I did three of their classes. Tea ceremony, kimono, and vegetarian cooking. The tea ceremony was educational and fun. Some participation was involved. My boyfriend got to make me my matcha drink haha. The kimono wearing was something I was very excited about. The selection of kimonos they had wasn't extensive but I found one I liked... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed our cooking class very much! More

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We booked a 12,000 yen (each person) class to learn how to make Obanzai (Japanese home recipe) and have to say it's one of the best experiences we've had in Kyoto. The tour guide (along with taxi service) picked us up at hotel and explained about Kyoto when we are on our way to a typical Japanese home (real family).... More

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

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on WAK service. We highly appreciate your feedback. More

Lambertville, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Just recently visited Kyoto and not really sure what we should we hired a private tour guide whom spoke English and was very charming. Tidbits toide he is very informed and affordable. Took the bullet train from Tokyo which was fantastic and fast , but not cheap opted for green car also known as first class and was a great... More

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Canton, Ohio
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24 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

We read the reviews here and decided to contact Wak Japan in order to make the most of our 3 short days in Kyoto. We were SO PLEASED with our choices! Miho, our contact at Wak Japan went out of her way to accomodate our requests, and provided us with an 8 hour 'Highlights of Kyoto" tour which covered the... More

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

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. We are happy to know that you were pleased with our tours! More

Burlingame, California
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2008

I found this group in a book called "Without Reservations". I read the part where the author took a dance class in Kyoto and was extremely fascinated. I decided to take a dance class in Kyoto once I returned to Japan from Cambodia. I made a reservation through the Wak's website. I was given a price quote and the duration... More

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

Thank you very much for your lovely comment on our program. We are happy to know you enjoyed the Japanese dance experience a lot. We greatly appreciated your feedback. More

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