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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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Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master

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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... read more

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

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.

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Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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.

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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.

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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 

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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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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I were lucky enough to visit Japan in April, and our tour included 4 nights in Kyoto complete with a Japanese Cultural Experience arranged by WAK Japan. We chose to do Calligraphy and Cooking...both conducted in the host's own house in the outskirts of Kyoto. WAK accompanied us on the trip and we had a memorable time... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I booked this experience a few months before we left for Japan. The price seemed quite low compared to some other similar services being offered, but the WAK Japan's website and Trip Advisor reviews lead me to believe this company was offering a genuinely interesting experience. Our guide was the very kind and interesting Yoko. We are 3 tall, bearded... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This was an excellent introduction to the tea ceremony and helped us understand how this is about so much more than tea. We were made welcome in a beautifully renovated old house and taken through all the stages of the tea ceremony getting some appreciation of the thinking associated with the ceremony - purity, harmony, tranquillity and respect. The 2+... More 

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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
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
Open Hours:
Monday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Staying in City Center

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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.