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WAK Japan

#8 of 64 Tours in Kyoto
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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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Fabulous experience!

We did the vegetarian cooking class which was excellent (pure vegetarians beware - we made dashi with Benito flakes!). We made teriyaki tofu, miso, egg roll and spinach salad. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jo H
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the vegetarian cooking class which was excellent (pure vegetarians beware - we made dashi with Benito flakes!). We made teriyaki tofu, miso, egg roll and spinach salad. The instruction was excellent and I would recommend any of the WAK classes for a taste of Japanese culture.

Thank Jo H
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to a tea ceremony at WAK JAPAN. There were six of us altogether (we were joined by four lovely Belgian ladies) and after we had all been fitted out with kimono's (I felt like a Shogan with his concubine) we were instructed in the art of the tea ceremony (thankfully a cut down version as... More 

Thank Philip N
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were on our honeymoon to Japan, visiting all over. Our favourite place there was Kyoto. We had booked to attend WAK for their tea ceremony session. We were greeted by Akiko, our lovely and accommodating host. We we off to separate rooms to get changed in our beautiful kimonos and then met with another couple who... More 

Thank Nayru33
Oosterbeek, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I visited Wak Japan this August for a traditional tea ceremony (in kimono). We had a very nice and warm welcome. The people are very friendly and they speak English very well. First, we changed our clothing into a kimono (there is more than enough choice). After that we did the tea ceremony and also got to... More 

Thank Nerotje
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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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.
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