Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony

Unique Experience

Toshiyo O.

4.66(189) reviews
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.

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 Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

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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.


Berenice M.

May 8, 2023

Toshiyo was a fantastic guide ! Toshiyo est une guide parfaite !

Toshiyo was great and super organized. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto, and will be able to answer your question no matter what it is about. We loved taking the public transportation and getting around, she will also give you suggestion on what else you could do on your personal time. I highly recommend booking with her !

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for your warm review! I appreciate it. I hope you will come back to see autumn leaves in Kyoto. Thank you Merci beaucoup! Toshiyo


Jennifer S.

May 1, 2023

A great day!

We had a great day with Toshio! She created a great itinerary and gave us choices, too. She was funny and knowledgeable. She gave us wonderful memories of Kyoto.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Jennifer Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I appreciate your warm review. I wish I could take dance lessons from your daughter since I am much interested. Thank you. Toshiyo


Helen C.

Apr 30, 2023

A day's trip with Toshiyo san to Kyoto-23April 2023

Toshiyo san is a very pleasant lady with fluent spoken English. She explains the history well of the places visited during our one day tour to Kyoto and was helpful in every way. Arigato Gozaimasu Toshiyo san ! Good Luck and take care.

Toshiyo O.

Hi Helen Thank you for the warm review. I appreciate it. Your dress looked very good on you and impressive. Thank you for having me as your guide. Toshiyo


Choon huat T.

Apr 27, 2023


Toshiyo O was a knowledgable guide. She is flexible and took us through full day tour on the first day on 24th April and half day on 25th April. She was very efficient and effortlessly taking us from one site to the next with public transport and by walking. my wife was having difficulty walking and Toshiyo was able to tailor the walk. All in all, it was a great experience .

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I really appreciate your warm review. I enjoyed two day’s visiting Fushimi Inari shrine, Tofukuji temple, Kiyomizudera Temple and Gion and Arashiyama area. Thank you. Please say hello to your wife. Toshiyo

$71/ per group