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PRIVATE Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA
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PRIVATE Experience Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA

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Experience a Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto while wearing a kimono for an authentic taste of traditional Japan. Suitable kimono options are available for women and men, and you receive guidance on how to wear the provided kimono. Once you have donned the kimono, your tea master starts the tea ceremony. This package includes green tea and Japanese sweets, with ample time for photo ops.
$175.13 per adult
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SullyDean wrote a review May 2020
Sydney, Australia31 contributions1 helpful vote
We took this tour a year ago for my 50th b’day (April 2019) - apologies for late review, however I really want to share our experience as we had an amazing time and feel the reason was that we booked through Walk Japan. From the moment we met up with our tour group, 7 in all, at a snug hotel in Osaka we were able to sit back and focus on the culture, history, religion, scenery & relevance of the Kumano Kodo, and leave the complexities of logistics and language barrier to our competent guide Josh. While some travelers thrive on conquering the difficulties of traveling in a foreign land, we would rather spend our well earned holidays enjoying ourselves without stressing over are we on the correct train line and are we heading in the right direction, or the like. And for us if any country has engendered those feelings its Japan. So for 9 days we walked parts of this pilgrimage and had an absolutely amazing experience - as accommodation and meals were all organized and we had our trusty guide at no point did we stress - and we stayed in some unique accommodation from a monastery (participating in the morning fire ceremony with monks), repurposed high schools (declining population), some huge 80’s hotel built into the side of a cliff like something out of a James Bond movie. We visited all the main temples on the pilgrimage and had our stamp book attended to (make sure you do this right from the start), all relevant historic and cultural points of importance and interest were pointed out and if possible we had time to wonder around (seriously if we had done this pilgrimage as an independent walk we would have missed so much and understood even less) - and to top it all off we were walking smack bang in the middle of the cherry blossom bloom - early April is the time to go it was just gorgeous : ) All in all we had the most brilliant time and Walk Japan took care of everything and at no time did we feel out of our depth - best 50th b’day you could wish for. Thanks Japan, and thanks Walk Japan XXX
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Date of experience: June 2019
Neil D wrote a review Apr 2020
468 contributions115 helpful votes
Looking at this from a walking perspective, not taking into account it's history and the religious relevance that cannot be argued, it's prety boring. Takijiri to Hongu walks through timber plantations, all tall cedars in lines, no minimal undergrowth (because of the darkness). No wildlife, in two days I saw 3 birds and a bum of a furry thing. Over this walk as I said your in a tunnel, one a few occasions (which I can count on one hand) there was a viewpoint to see the beautiful hills. Some sections are roads, other sections have the road within a few feet so you do not feel like your in the Japanese countryside. The villages are very nice, an hour walking around would be plenty of time to see everything and do your shopping. Do this walk for the history now the views.
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Date of experience: April 2020
CAwanderer wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California67 contributions6 helpful votes
2-5 days hike depending on your chosen end. Rewarding despite landing in Osaka in October a day before the typhoon. Hagabis landed on the next peninsula, luckily for me. The trails were a bit wet, but with the exception of 2 steep sections fairly easy forested hills trails. Most difficult was actually the first kilometer, 40 minutes straight up. Never walked a km that slow... I think those evil monks designed it that way ("if you can't make this, go home!" ;-) No need to take a tour. The Tanabe city website tb-kumano has all the information including free maps and a local accommodation service. Book your accommodation early, as some of the mountain villages are tiny. AirBnB lists some as well. The whole Kii peninsula is interesting, with the oldest capitals of Japan, sakuras of Mt. Yoshino, onsens (hot mineral baths) from Tanabe to Shingu, Katsuura tuna fishing harbor... Early October is too early for fall colors here or in Kyoto :(
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Date of experience: October 2019
franceslovesizzi wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions3 helpful votes
We traveled independently walking some of the trails on this pilgrimage. We loved every aspect of the walks and soaking in local onsens during wet days. Our only regret was not enough time. No need to take a tour the website has all the information required. If you're a walker and feel at peace with nature this area is not to be missed.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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innowra wrote a review Aug 2019
Nowra45 contributions6 helpful votes
Two friends and I did the Kumano Kodo 5 night self guided trek in May this year. It was an amazing trip and would highly recommend it. Pitt Travel/Japan Packages in Sydney organised our nightly accommodation but the walk side of it we did by ourselves. You do need to carry gear for all weather, you can have sun and rain all in the same day. We had our luggage transferred each day to our accommodation and only carried a day pack which is a really good choice, there are a lot of up hills and you learn to be worried by the down hills as you know there is another up at the other side. You do need to book your accommodation before hand as some of villages are quite small. The Onsens are amazing after a long day walking, you get over the embarrassment of being naked in front of strangers the first time you try them, we had a 65yr old female prude with us and we couldn't get her out after she tried the first one, she loved it, and you sleep like a baby after the relaxing hot water. The Japanese people are so friendly and always helpful even with the language barrier. We went to Koyasan at the end of the trek, but that's another post :-)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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