The production of India ink stick started at a monastery in Nara in 14C. Today 95% of India ink sticks are made here in Nara. In this tour, you will experience Japanese calligraphy and enjoy making your own ink stick with the guidance of a traditional craftsman. Then you will walk up one of the main streets called Sanjo street and look around other handcraft shops unique to Nara.
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At JR Nara station
Calligraphy experience and India ink stick making
Walk up Sanjo Street looking around traditional handcrafts shops, selling writing brush, Linen, bamboo whisk for powdered green tea,etc.,all of which are unique in Nara.
Finish the tour
At Kintetsu Nara station
You will enjoy Japanese traditional calligraphy with authentic stationaries. Next one of the traditional handcraft masters will tell you the story of India ink stick. Then you will make your own ink stick. Lastly it is put into a fancy wooden box and given to you. After the experience, you will enjoy walking up Sanjo shopping street looking around traditional handcrafts which are unique to Nara.
Fee for calligraphy experience and India ink stick making,
2500JPY per an adult, 2000JPY per a person 18 years old
Michiko showed us around Kyoto. She is a very nice person. She arranged everything from transport to tickets. She was extremally well organised when it comes to transport. Her english was very good. She took us into a very nice traditional Japanese restaurant. We had a great time and highly recommend her as a guide.
Thank you for coming all the way to Kyoto! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your day trip to Kyoto. I was impressed your family were gentle and honest. Although it was mostly rainy and cloudy, it was enjoyable touring with your family. I wish you would have a fine day during your stay in Japan. By the way, we have four clear-cut seasons, and each season is beautiful. I hope you will come back again and explore Japan. See you again!
My family (wife and two kids 14 and 12) and I had an excellent tour with Michiko in Kyoto. We toured two days and she showed us several iconic temples, shrines, buildings, and neighborhoods. Michiko was very prepared and kept the tour on a reasonable pace given the large number of sites Kyoto has to offer. Michiko was very knowledgeable about cultural and historical aspects of Kyoto. We toured monkey park, the bamboo forest, and Nishiki market. We visited several Shinto shrines and Michiko shared interesting details of the shrines and Shintoism. We highly recommend Michiko as your Kyoto tour guide. Jon Texas
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was impressed to see your family are all open minded and honest, and your insights on Japanese culture or social issues inspired me a lot. I'm glad that your children got interested in animals, flowers, foods, toys etc.. I'm glad if you've found the finest fluffy cheese cake somewhere after the tour. I hope this trip will leave you colorful impression on Japan and some back again. I wish you all the best! Michiko
Michico was great and our tour was very good and very flexible. She is very knowledgeable and personable! We enjoyed our time in Nara and Osaka! At the end of our trip, at JR station, Michiko waited till we moved towards the right track and only then left the station- we really appreciated this!
Dear Irena, Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad to see you enjoyed experiencing authentic Japanese culture, not only historical sites in Nara and Osaka, but also foods and products. Your information about Japanese food in your country was fascinating, and I was also encouraged to enjoy home cooking including "rolled sushi"! I can never forget you. Thanks again! Michiko
Hi We have agreat time With michiko Very profesonal and gentel One of the best guide i have. Yochanan
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my honor to guide you in Nara. I was very impressed by the way you try to value the culture and the way of life here in Japan. I believe you can touch the heart of Japan through those cultural experiences. Besides I appreciate that you kindly shared me the history and the culture in your country. It was very helpful. Arigato-gozaimashita!!