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  •   Experiece Japanese calligraphy
  •   Experience tea ceremony


City Shiga
Meeting Point At Kyoto Station
Ending Point At Kyoto Station
Departure 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 2h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5


46.00 USD

final price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Walking around Lake Biwa and visit Miidera temple. 46.00 USD

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.

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.

Extras (optional)

Walking around Lake Biwa and visit Miidera temple. 46.00 USD

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Carolyn Carolyn
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Wonderful help in experiencing Kyoto! ”

Toshiyo did a wonderful job helping us decide how to best share Kyoto with our family (three boys aged 6-10). Despite some significant rain/cold weather, Toshiyo helped teach us about the great history of Kyoto's temples, shared one of her favorite soba restaurants with us, and adjusted the itinerary as the day progressed to make the best of our time together. She did a wonderful job!

Hi Carolyn and your beautiful family I am really happy to hear from you. Cold rain weather prevented the nice view of Kyoto from the monkey park,which was very sad. Hope you will come back to see more Kyoto in fall. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

1 week ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Great day with Toshiyo ”

We had a lovely time with Toshiyo. Toshiyo planned our itinerary based on what was the farthest away from our hotel and what would be the hardest to get to as tourists. We were able to see 3 sights and have lunch in a 5 hour day. Toshiyo is eru knowledgeable about the history of Japan and her English is very good. If you book with her make sure to request the Soba restaurant by the river!

Dear Elena Thank you for choosing me as a guide. After walking a lot in Kyoto, I really hope you will have a good relaxing time in Onsen. Please come back again and see more in Japan. Toshiyo

2 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: Australia

“ A day with Toshiyo ”

Had a very enjoyable day with Toshiyo on a rainy Kyoto day. Only the weather stopped us seeing more. if you are looking for a guide in Kyoto i recommend Toshiyo.

Dear Mervyn Thank you for choosing me. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto and will come back to see more Kyoto beauty. I hope you will have good time in Takayama! Thank you! Toshiyo

4 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Wonderful! ”

Toshiyo did a great job of showing us Kyoto. We covered the major sights all over the city, enjoyed a traditional soba noodle meal at one of her favorite spots, and learned to use the public transportation system. She enabled us to easily traverse the city for the rest of our stay, made recommendations for sights and places we would most enjoy, and helped us to better understand Japan and its wonderful peoples. We would definitely use her again.

Dear Kit Thank you very much for the review. I hope you had a great impression on Japan and Japanese people. Hope to see you again. Toshiyo

2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Italy

“ An excellent guide ”

I booked the guide for a friend of mine and his family. They told me she was a wonderful guide.

Thank you for the review. I hope your friends had a great time in Kyoto. Please come back to visit again. Toshiyo

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