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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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A wonderful glimpse of Japanese culture

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Boston
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We booked for the tea ceremony session. We arrived half an hour early, which was no problem at all for our hosts. We dressed in Kimonos before another family joined us and then we all sat for the tea ceremony. It was much fun and informative too - an hour or so which we really enjoyed. We then made some... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This hidden gem was a great unexpected highlight of our trip in Kyoto. Yumiko and Yoko showed us how to make miso soup and sushi in a friendly and fun class which was very much a hands on lessons. We then got to eat everything in a lovely little tea room looking out onto a traditional japanese garden

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

WAK Japan isn't far from the main Kyoto station - around 20 mins by train. We attended a private class so there was only 2 of us and a fantastic English speaking guide who explained everything very diligently & took the time to explain the cultural relevance to every part of the ceremony. We were kitted out in full Kimono... More 

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Address: 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
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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