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Sweets Making Wagashi Cooking Experience in Kyoto
A unique sweets making and wagashi cooking experience in Kyoto that will make your travel memorable.
You will make Japanese sweets called nerikiri perfect for the tea ceremony and ideal for taking back home as a souvenir. Your host will kindly explain in plain English the culture of sweets making in Japan and demonstrate how to make delicious Japanese sweets. These sweets can be adjusted for the season or your favorite shape or character.
What can you expect in this Tea Ceremony Workshop? We show off cultural activities with a difference!
Traditional clothing available for you to wearA friendly host will explain the correct etiquette and symbolism for this ceremonyTry traditional food and drink given during this ritualHeld in a traditional tearoom with beautiful historic decorOpportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout.
Your workshop will include:
An introduction to Japanese sweets making and basic information about wagashi This is taught by a friendly instructor who speaks English The instructor is a professional who has had years of training in the Japanese Tea Ceremony You will be encouraged to try traditional green matcha tea and Japanese styled sweets Only traditional tea ceremony utensils will be used The workshop will be taught to a small class of 6 or so peopleRelax in a classroom decorated in traditional Japanese décor and architectureExplanations of the ceremony’s history and technique will be explained describedLocated in the Maikoya Kyoto building in central KyotoIf you give notice, guides can pick you up from your chosen train station in Kyoto.
*Try a diverse range of ingredients and flavours unique to Japan
*A friendly host will explain and demonstrate correct cooking techniques
*Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout
*Special experience to cook wearing Japanese apron
Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your your own of wonder!
Children are welcome for this course, however since there will be something dangerous such as hot stoves and sharp knives in a kitchen room, they must be given strict parental supervision.
Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
IncludedIngredientsUtensilsTraditional Japanese clothing
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.