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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 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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My partner and I did a calligraphy course here in February. Probably the best time of year to do it given that it's not Kyoto's peak tourist period; we had a lesson just for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Atena M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I did a calligraphy course here in February. Probably the best time of year to do it given that it's not Kyoto's peak tourist period; we had a lesson just for ourselves, which was a big treat. The courses here are also very reasonably priced, which was a bonus. The best part of our course was our... More 

Thank Atena M
Glen Iris, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed up for the walking tour through Nishiki market [and Diamarui] , a traditional Japanese wealthy house, a sake tasting and a cooking class. Our guide spoke very good English and took us through the market, stopping to highlight certain foods or crafts and this brought more sense to the strange looking food on offer. We enjoyed learning about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We booked this class during our first ever visit to Japan and it proved to be excellent fun and very well taught. Yoshie was wonderfully patient and helpful, explaining everything clearly. She was also very encouraging and it is something we shall continue to do when back in the UK. The atmosphere was excellent as was the venue. If you... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

I have been debating a trip to Japan since a long time and one of the things i wanted to ever do when i visit Japan was to meet Geiko / Maiko. The staff at Wakjapan arranged one of my best experiences. There were some back & forth communication regarding payment( for some reason even though the card was charged;... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We knew we wanted to book a class as soon as we planned a trip to Kyoto. My boyfriend was really interested in calligraphy and I wanted to try origami (and Sake tasting but we didn't have time for that one.) We did both together and it was a great educational and cultural experience for us individually, and a nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We were met by our lovely guide for our personalised shopping trip through the fresh food market. Once all items were purchased we headed to the WAK head office to begin our sushi making class. Both hosts were lovely, they helped our children feel included (6&8) and all members had a lovely time. We then had our freshly handmade sushi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My wife I attended the WAK Japan "Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master". There were three options of a 1 hr tea ceremony, a 1.5 hr tea ceremony with kimonos, and 2.5 hr ceremony at the home of the Tea Master. We opted for the 1 hr ceremony with Seiko as our host, who was a delightful host and... More 

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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 

2 Thank Peter C
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 via mobile

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 

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

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 

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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.