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Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony at a private house

by Toshiyo
(71) Reviews
2h $ 62 Price up to 5 people


  • Experiece Japanese calligraphy
  • Experience tea ceremony

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61.60 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Walking around Lake Biwa and visit Miidera temple.
$ 61.60


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 ( 71 )
sonali Sonali United States ( Family with kids )
1 day ago

“ Excellent experience ”

Toshiyo was a very very good guide for our family of 4. She was thoughtful, patient and fantastic. She made our Kyoto day!


Thank you for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you had a happy time in Kyoto. Please come back again. Toshiyo

Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Toshiyo-san went above and beyond for our day tour with her in Kyoto. She allowed us to customize the tour and we ended up doing more than we originally planned. She is thoughtful, kind, and definitely knows her stuff. You won’t be disappointed and I highly recommend her.


Hi Christopher Thank you very much for contacting me and writing the warm hearted review. I had a great time with you and I will never forget the best time Tofukuji autumn leaves. Please come back in spring with your Mom. Best regards. Toshiyo

jim Jim United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ The best of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide met us in the lobby of our hotel. She then proceed to discuss what we wanted to see and what she thought we should see. This a well spent 15 minutes, because of that our day with Toshiyo was educational, informative and enjoyable. At the end of the day all three of us (my wife, and our grandson) thought it was the best way to see Kyoto, plus Toshiyo educated us on how to get around Kyoto for the remaining day in the cities. Toshiyo explained about the shrines and temples that we visited and was eager to talk about Kyoto and the surrounding area. I would highly recommend Toshiyo to anyone who would like to see Kyoto and it sites.


Dear Jim and your beautiful wife and grandson Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. You’re very fashionable and beautiful family. I was very impressed and hope you enjoyed Nara and other areas. I appreciated you chose me as a Kyoto guide. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Carla Carla Japan ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ She helped us to pack a lot into one day ”

It was overall a good experience. I thought she would have had more planned up front rather than us deciding upon arrival about where to go. We did desire a little more historical information about the locations we visited.


Hi I am sorry to hear what you expected me. Arashiyama is the historic preservred area, which is pretty large to explore in one hour. I would love to take you another quiet places next time you come to Kyoto. Thank you for booking. Toshiyo

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
4 weeks ago

“ Highlight of our trip!!! ”

Toshiyo was patient, very knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and considerate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! We had about 8 main must see places on our list and we saw all, but 1 because of the time constraint (we arrived late from Tokyo). With the complex and multiple modes of transportation between the places we wanted to see, we would’ve never been able to accomplish this without her! It was a particularly hot day...she even graciously took us all the way up to Iwatayama monkey park at the end of our tour and she never complained! She made efficient use of our time and made it her mission for us to see everything we wanted to visit. She even went above and beyond by helping us figure our train schedule back to Tokyo that evening and with unlocking our pasmo cards. Toshiyo, we can’t thank you en... read more


Dear Maria Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto sightseeing. You are a beautiful couple. Please came back again to see more. Thank you very much for contacting me.Best regards. Toshiyo

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