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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
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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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Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tea Master

My friend and I had the amazing experience of getting dressed up in traditional kimono and participating in the tea ceremony. Our hostess was so knowledgeable and above all else... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Shannon C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I had the amazing experience of getting dressed up in traditional kimono and participating in the tea ceremony. Our hostess was so knowledgeable and above all else was up for a laugh. It was such a peaceful experience and we loved watching the intricate workings of the ceremony and attempting to do it ourselves (it's not as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I attended an Ikebana flower arranging class and it turned out to truly be one of our favorite things we did while in Japan. Not only was it a favorite experience, we learned enough to bring our experience back home to the US and continue the relaxing and beautiful art of Japanese flower arrangement. Our instructor taught... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My brief time in Japan has been notable for the friendliness and helpfulness of the wonderfully hospitable inhabitants. None more so than the delightful people at Wak Japan in Kyoto. We did the walking tour of the markets and the cooking class afterwards. Our guide through the market was Keiko. She really knew her stuff and spoke excellent English. Nothing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

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 July 26, 2016

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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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.