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Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony

Unique Experience
English, Japanese
2 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Toshiyo O.
4.69 / 5
(207 reviews)

Meeting Point

At Kyoto Station

Experiece Japanese tea ceremony privately

Experience tea ceremony

Ending Point

At Kyoto Station

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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Inclusions & Exclusions

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.

Important Information

I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka and Shiga.

I live in Kyoto city so my transportation fee is needed if I guide in Nara Osaka and Shiga.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

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.



Liliana O.

5 / 5
Sep 26, 2023

Amazing day in Kyoto!

Toshiyo was one of the best guides we had in our trip to Japan. She was punctual, had good English, new her way around perfectly, had a lot of insight about Kyoto and was ver y accommodating and patient. We had to keep up with her, she walks fast! We enjoyed her very much. She was friendly, made conversation and was interested in our culture. I would recommend her for sure!

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am glad to know you enjoyed the day. Thank you for coming all the way from Mexico. I also had great time together with your beautiful family. Regards. Toshiyo


Claudith U.

5 / 5
Sep 14, 2023

Osaka tour

We are very happy with the tour. She is a great guide who cares about her guests

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I appreciate your warm heart review. Toshiyo


Michael W.

5 / 5
Sep 2, 2023

Phenomenal day with Toshiyo!

Toshiyo makes an excellent tour guide, combining expertise, professionalism, and a friendly demeanor. She knows a lot about Kyoto's culture and landmarks and provides fascinating background information at every stop. She's also incredibly skilled at navigating Kyoto's intricate public transportation system. Without her assistance, we wouldn't have been able to explore and learn as much as we did. She's genuinely kind and considerate, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. We'll definitely connect with her again on future trips to Kyoto.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Machael Thank you very much for having me as your guide and writing me a kind review. I am glad we could visit both Golden and Silver temples. I really hope you will be able to come back in autumn to see pretty maple leaves. Regards. Toshiyo


Pajman D.

5 / 5
Aug 24, 2023

Very helpful guide

Toshiyo was very helpful with our trip to Kyoto. We had problems with our train to Kyoto and were running a few hours late but she did not mind and accommodated us. She is very knowledgeable and we were able to get a lot out of the limited time that we had in Kyoto. Would highly recommend.

Toshiyo O.

Dear Pajman Thank you very much for having me as a guide and writing me the kind review. Your family are so nice and graceful that I was much impressed. Regards. Toshiyo

$67/ per group