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WAK Japan

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Address: 761 Tenshu-cho, Takakura-dori, Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 752129993
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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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Tea ceremony with WAK is a must on any trip to Kyoto

We highly enjoyed the tea ceremony and loved the experience of dressing up in Kimonos. The lady who runs the organisation resembles a living treasure with her prodigious knowledge... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sandi V
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We highly enjoyed the tea ceremony and loved the experience of dressing up in Kimonos. The lady who runs the organisation resembles a living treasure with her prodigious knowledge and love of sharing Kyoto's rich heritage.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience wearing traditional Japanese clothing and have a serene tea ceremony. Would recommend highly.

Thank Webman
Chattanooga, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seems trite to say expectation was this would be a touristy experience. Instead it was a 2 hour wonderful, relaxing insight to the Japanese culture. You are helped into a formal Kimono and guided through the beauty of the tea ceremony.

Thank Miasig
Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time I have used WAK Japan, and both times they have been wonderful. The first time, everything went according to plan and we had a really wonderful, relaxing ceremony. The second time, through my own fault, we ended up at the wrong location. The first time we went they only had one, and I didn't realise... More 

Thank Gee M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Tea ceremony and it was fantastic. Our hostess, Akiko, was great and explained everything very clearly. She also explained the meaning and history behind the ceremony. She even showed us how to make our own tea.

Thank Matt W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very time efficient and tangible way to get to know more about japanese cuisine. Friendly guides and chef. We were 4, which was perfect size group.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fantastic time....went with family (including 2 teenage sons) and we had a blast. The class was great and the food we created was delicious. Worth it and would do it again.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the one hour tea ceremony. Very interesting presentation and the history behind the event - a key part of Japanese culture. Very friendly staff who speak good English and helped us with our next item on our travel agenda. Location a little difficult to find some recommend printing directions for taxi driver. They perform the ceremony at two... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This was a lot of fun. Both my husband and I are very glad that we got the kimono option, it really set the tone. There was a lot of giggles and everyone was happy and cheerful. One of the guys was just "too sexy" when he sat showing the undergarments accidentally. It was a small group, just us and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I'd highly recommend the tea ceremony. I didn't know what to expect at all and it ended up being extremely interesting. The kimonos are surprisingly breezy and comfortable for the humid climate and there is so much symbolism involved that it makes you look at green tea in a new way. The staff are very welcoming and the quality of... More 

Thank Jack W

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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.