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Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony at a private house


Shiga
2 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

You can experience real traditional Japanese tea ceremony privately. I will pick you up at Otsu jr station or Hamaotsu Krishna station. Please feel relaxed to contact me.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshiyo.

  • Experiece Japanese calligraphy
  • Experience tea ceremony

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What to Expect

Would you like to write Japanese characters and alphabet with brush and Indian ink? That's Japanese calligraphy, the traditional art. Works of calligraphy are admired for the accurate composition of their characters but also for the way the brush is handled in their creation, the shading of the ink, and the balanced placement of the character on the paper. I will get ready for the inkstone, brush paper. Just bring yourself and enjoy calligraphy.
If you want to experience tea ceremony, you can. A friend of mine is a teacher of tea ceremony. Tea ceremony has a long history and has deep roots in Kyoto. There are complex steps to taste tea. Please follow the manners. Seasonal Japanese sweets are offered before drinking tea. It brings you out the better flavor of tea.Both experiences are held in a private house. You can relax and learn the Japanese culture better.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At Kyoto Station
Ending Point At Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, ink, paper,

What‘s not included

Transportation fee ( From Kyoto to Otsu 200yen by train and from Otsu Stasion to my house 700yen by taxi) It is one way fee.
Lunch, if you want, I can take you to Japanese noodle or ramen shop. It cost you about 1000yen.

Important

I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transporation fee?

My private house is in Otsu, which is ten minutes train ride from Kyoto Station. The train fare is 400 yen round trip. It takes 15minutes on foot. If you don't want to walk, you can take a taxi.
It cost 700 yen to take a taxi to get to my house from Otsu Station.

Can I experience tea ceremony too?

Yes, you can expeience both calligraphy and tea ceremony at the same time at my house. It takes 3 hours.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 148 )
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Sharon Sharon Philippines ( Business )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Had a great time in Kyoto Nara ”

Toshiyo handled our group of 12 pax well. We were able to visit all the locations we requested.

Toshiyo:

Hi Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as your guide. Your good advice of a microphone helped a lot. Thank you. Please say hello to your lovely husband. Toshiyo

Suzette Suzette United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Very informative guide for Kyoto day trip ”

We had a great time with Toshiyo on our one day Kyoto tour. She took us to the places we wanted to see and more. She explained the culture and the history of the town very well. We highly recommend Toshiyo as your guide.

Toshiyo:

Dear Suzette Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I appreciate your having me as your guide. I am glad you like our culture and history. Please come back again with your family. Best regards. Toshiyo

Peter Peter Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful Day, Magnificent Guide ”

A memorable day seeing the wonders of Kyoto. The day was made all the more special by our guide. As we wanted to see so many things, Toshiyo was most helpful & flexible in organising our day. Her knowledge about the sites & culture of Kyoto left us with fond memories..... highly recommended!!!

Toshiyo:

Dear Peter Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I am happy you liked Kyoto and our culture. Please come back again in spring and autumn. The more beautiful Kyoto will be waiting for you. Thank you. Toshiyo

Edward Edward United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great Two Days ”

We had terrific tours of Kyoto, Horyuji and Nara. Lots of fun. Will never forget how she arranged surprise kimono experience for the grand girls. She also raced ahead for us to have special lunch. Overall patient with us, flexible and a great tour guide. Hope to see her again in a couple years.

Toshiyo:

Dear Ed and lovely girls Very very enjoyable time with you. I appreciate you having me as your guide. Thank you very much. Hope to see you again. Best regards. Toshiyo

Karin Karin Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto-Shi spent with a local guide ”

This petite sophisticated Japanese teacher dipped us into the complexities of the Japanese culture - enhancing our appreciation of the country and its people. She was client responsive by adjusting the program at our request and made the day fit into an already busy schedule. Her grace, curiosity and intelligence made the time spent with her very worth while

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. Your family are all amazing. I learned a lot about different cultures. I am very glad you like Japan. Please come back again when you have time. Thank you. Toshiyo

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