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Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony at a private house

by Toshiyo
(111) Reviews
2h $ 64 Price up to 5 people


  • Experiece Japanese calligraphy
  • Experience tea ceremony

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64.40 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Walking around Lake Biwa and visit Miidera temple.
$ 64.40


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.

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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  • Experiece Japanese calligraphy
  • Experience tea ceremony


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.

You need

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.
Meeting Point
At Kyoto Station
Ending Point
At Kyoto Station
2 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 111 )
Rose Rose Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
15 hours ago

“ a must in kyoto ”

it is the best decision I have made so far to hire a local guide in Kyoto. We have seen so much in 6 hours with Toshiyo. The private tour is informative and Toshiyo is very patient and answered all our questions. It is a must if you are in Kyoto for a limited time. We went to places via bus and I cannot imagine doing this effectively by ourselves. Thank you Toshiyo!


Dear Rose and your beautiful family Thank you very much for warm hearted review. You have very beautiful children and your small son was always smiling. I was much impressed with his smile. I appreciate you having me a guide. Please come back again in autumn. Best regards. Toshiyo

Miki Miki United States ( Family with kids )
4 days ago

“ Wonderful Tour Guide for Kyoto ”

She was a wonderful tour guide for Kyoto tour! Highly recommended!


Hi Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate it. I am glad they enjoyed kyoto. Thank you having me as a guide.

CHETAN CHETAN India ( Family with kids )
Very Good
5 days ago

“ Amazing going through Kyoto heritage with Toshiyo san ”

Toshiyo san introduced us to Kyoto which used to be the capital of Japan in the Edo period. We walked through scenic Bamboo trails with her in Arshiyama and she showed us around the buzzing streets around downtown as well. We discussed the convenience and comfort of Bullet trains sweeping the Travel and Transportation industry off late and observe the path taken by Rivers Kamogawa and Katsura river that was the Hozu river before entering the Arashiyama ravine, through Kyoto. Toshiyo san told us that Yama means mountain in Japanese and Arashiyama means Storm Mountain. Together we walked through shops selling Kimonos, souvenirs reflecting Japanese scenery, works of art and various products made from Bamboo. Thank you Toshiyo san for such an enthralling experience..


Dear Chetan Thank you very much for warm hearted review. You have a beautiful family and I am very glad to know you enjoyed Kyoto. Please come back again to see more sights. I appreciate you had me as a guide. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Anna Anna Poland ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Toshiyo is a wonderful person and very knowledgeable guide. We can not have better help to meet and understand Japanese history and culture. We only regret that we had for that one day. Thanks to Toshiya it was great, unforgetable day!


Dear Anna Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I appreciate it. I think we could have a peaceful and calm time, which is closely related to Japanese culture. Thank you for having me as a GUI. Toshiyo

Pamela Pamela United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Wonderful guide for Kyoto ”

Toshiyo took excellent care of us for 2 days sightseeing around Kyoto. She is very knowledgeable of the history, offering information about sights as we move about the city. She took us to wonderful lunch places. Toshiyo was so patient, as our teenage daughter stepped in to many store to shop along the way. I would highly recommend Toshiyo for your Kyoto tour guide.


Dear Pamela Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as a guide. Please come back to see the natural beauty of autumn. Best regards. Toshiyo

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