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WAK Japan

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Address: 761 Tenshu-cho, Takakura-dori, Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-212-9993
09:30 - 18:30
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 18:30

WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on experiences...

WAK Japan specializes in offering traditional culture hands-on experiences such as tea ceremony, cooking, calligraphy, flower arrangement, kimono wearing, koto playing, and many more at a beautifully restored machiya (traditional wooden house) In addition, we also arrange guided tours, visits to an exclusive temples, etc.

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Beautiful experience!

We did the 1 hour Tea Ceremony with Tea Master which was a beautiful experience. Our Hostess was a very sweet lady who shared so much knowledge about the Japanese culture and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 1 hour Tea Ceremony with Tea Master which was a beautiful experience. Our Hostess was a very sweet lady who shared so much knowledge about the Japanese culture and the tea ceremony procedure. My partner and I were very lucky enough to be the only 2 in our session, so it was quite special. We also got... More 

Thank J0Cullen
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did a tea ceremony with the Tea Master - Seiko and she was a very sweet lady who taught us a lot of the Japanese culture and also the history of tea ceremony. We enjoyed every minute of it and had a wonderful time. Staff was very nice and helpful there too. We're lucky that we chose the course... More 

Thank Eva W
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

beautiful tea ceremony experience and dressing up in kimono. Feel very grateful to learn about this amazing culture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I did a cooking tour starting in the Kyoto market of Nishiki led by Tomoko then cooking by Machiko. The guides were friendly, knowledge and indulgent of requests. A great addition to a fantastic time in Japan.

Thank DASBarcelona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I loved my experience at WAK Japan. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I loved my calligraphy class and I got to go home with a great souvenir. Highly recommend using WAK if your in Kyoto!!!!!!!

Thank Victoria W
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We did the vegetarian cooking class which was excellent (pure vegetarians beware - we made dashi with Benito flakes!). We made teriyaki tofu, miso, egg roll and spinach salad. The instruction was excellent and I would recommend any of the WAK classes for a taste of Japanese culture.

Thank Jo H
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My wife and I went to a tea ceremony at WAK JAPAN. There were six of us altogether (we were joined by four lovely Belgian ladies) and after we had all been fitted out with kimono's (I felt like a Shogan with his concubine) we were instructed in the art of the tea ceremony (thankfully a cut down version as... More 

Thank Philip N
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were on our honeymoon to Japan, visiting all over. Our favourite place there was Kyoto. We had booked to attend WAK for their tea ceremony session. We were greeted by Akiko, our lovely and accommodating host. We we off to separate rooms to get changed in our beautiful kimonos and then met with another couple who... More 

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Oosterbeek, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My girlfriend and I visited Wak Japan this August for a traditional tea ceremony (in kimono). We had a very nice and warm welcome. The people are very friendly and they speak English very well. First, we changed our clothing into a kimono (there is more than enough choice). After that we did the tea ceremony and also got to... More 

Thank Nerotje
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had the amazing experience of getting dressed up in traditional kimono and participating in the tea ceremony. Our hostess was so knowledgeable and above all else was up for a laugh. It was such a peaceful experience and we loved watching the intricate workings of the ceremony and attempting to do it ourselves (it's not as... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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