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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
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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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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Sushi Class - Great!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank JohnSCV
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Sharks_Rugby
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Today we visited Wak Japan and we experienced a traditional tea ceremony including wearing the proper attire. From donning a Kimono to understanding the ritual, the experience was just four our intimate little group. Not only did we learn taste the tea, but we also participated in making the tea. This ritual is more than 400 years old.

Thank Jwr4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

During our tour of Japan, I selected to take a home cooking class. To my surprise I was the only one to do so, so I had a wonderful one on one experience. I was picked up from my hotel by Akiko from WAK Japan, who was a lovely, very friendly lady who spoke really good English. I was driven... More 

Thank NevMarg
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Spent a wonderful morning here. First we were dressed in a kimono and had our hair done. Next we participated and learned the etiquette of the tea ceremony. Such lovely ladies and so informative - worth every penny

Thank Jacqui C
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Perfect mix of a must-see sight and sake appreciation. WAK Japan is doing great things in the community, please read their cause on their site. Request Yoko Akamizu as your guide, she is the most knowledgeable and delightful woman we've met throughout the trip, even went as far as booking us baseball tickets online for another day. I only wish... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We were collected promptly from our hotel by Yumiko who was dressed in a traditional Kimono and took a taxi to Kimura's home where she and Yumiko gave a detailed explanation of the ingredients that we were going to use together with hands-on instruction in preparing the broth for miso soup, sushi rice, omelette, vegetables the sushi rolls and tempura.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Had great fun and now know what to do to make dashi and miso soup, Japanese omelete and spinach and seasame salad and ginger or mushroom rice. The instructor was delightful. Just wish I could bottle her and bring her home to Australia. Teenage daughter loved the hands on.

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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.