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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


44.50 USD

total price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Walking around Lake Biwa and visit Miidera temple. 44.50 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. 44.50 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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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.
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You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
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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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6 hours ago , ( Family ) , From: Japan

“ Wonderful Experience ”

Outstanding, she catered to our needs with two small girls. Thank you so much for showing us around the town, a must if you've never been to Kyoto before. We would have given up fighting the crowd if it were not for her.

2 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ The Yappy's in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide is punctual and very friendly. She is very knowledgable with the area and history of Kyoto. She is very accommodating.

Thank you for the review,Vina. You have a beautiful family! I hope you all had a good time in Kyoto. Are you wearing a pretty summer kimono? Hope you will come and stay in Gion area. Toshiyo

3 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Kyoto Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a terrific guide and an intelligent, lovely woman. Touring several places in Kyoto, she was knowledgeable, flexible and resourceful. We loved spending time with her and hearing about her high school year spent in Ohio. What a brace young woman! On our next trip to Kyoto, we definitely hope to see Toshiyo.

Dear Susan Thank you for the review. You were very impressive. I had a great time with you and learned a lot. I am thinking of getting a toy poodle. Thank you. Toshiyo

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

“ Kyoto in one day ”

We are so glad to have Toshiyo to show us what we cannot see on ourprevious 3-days tour with *******: Toshiyo took us to Fushimi inari and the geikkenken sake museum then to Kiomizu dera temple and shopping areas and 2 more famous shrines that we cannot do without her expertise . She is very accommodating and plan everything perfectly to meet our request and time. Thanks Toshiyo.

Thank you for choosing me as a guide. I had a great time with you and your lovely daughters. I hope you will come back and visit more places in Japan. Thank you again. Toshiyo

3 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: Australia

“ Thank you Toshi ”

Thanks for organizing the itinerary and pre booked the restaurant for lunch ( the best Soba restaurant )

Hi Terry Thank you for choosing my tour. I really enjoyed the time with you. A lot of cherry blossoms and the best weather. Thank you again. Toshiyo

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