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Photos in a Kimono with Pro in Kyoto
This is the kimono photo experience! If you are interested in Premium Kimonos, check this Youtube movie. You can upgrade to these kimonos, too. ↓ https://youtu.be/c_b_83asim8 If you cannot find available day, feel free to contact me! I might be able to open the plan. If you bring your children, or if you use 2L size, please give me a message. The experience starts meeting at the Station and head to the kimono shop together. It's a 3 minutes walk, so we'll relax and have a nice conversation. When we get to the shop, you will change clothes in about 60 - 90 minutes. The kimono shop has the options for your hair set and makeup, if you need. These options need extra fee. After you change into your kimono, we take a taxi to a special area in Kyoto. The photo spot is around Maruyama Park area. Maruyama Park is beautiful Japanese nature scenery. Transportation fee is not included. Then we will start taking photos. Since I am a professional kimono photographer, you can count on me. The photo session will take around 1 hour and bit more. After the session, you need to go back to the kimono shop by yourself. You can use kimono until 17:30. *Kimono upgrade (Furisode, Houmongi, Hakama) is available with extra fee. Please ask me. Other things to note The photo data will be around 50 photos per person. The time for photo session depends on the number of people. Transportation
Deep Local Food & Craft Sake Bar Crawl
"One of the tapas bar is historical 80 YEARS OLD classic Japanese tapas bar! Point 1. Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Doutonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who would like to glimpse what a real local night life is. Point 2. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing restaurant bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! e.g. Draft Beer / 380 Yen Pure Craft Sake / 300~500 Yen Tapas / 100~800 Yen Point 3. You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order your favorite taste which something "adventurous" and sure fire food like seasonal sashimi or variety meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! Japanese slang/swear! I am music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Comfortable shoes preferable. If you have any diet, please don't hesitate to ask me. I'll arrange you what can I order :)
Create Chewy Udon & Soup from scratch
You'll learn how to make both the most delicious udon and dashi in Japan from scratch, and enjoy the udon with two ways of eating such as hot udon and the chilled one. We have various kinds of udon in Japan, and each region has original udon actually. The udon you'll make is the most famous and the most popular in Japan because of its elasticity. You'll use not only hands but also feet to make udon strong chewy. This is the traditional recipe, but only this udon. And also, you'll learn how to make Osaka-style Japanese soup stock. Umami comes from the Osaka soup stock culture, and the Osaka-style broth is the most delicious. We chose this best combination so that you could enjoy the best udon in Japan. And more, You'll learn how to make one more side dish using the leftover ingredients after filtering soup. We're sure that you will be amazed at its deliciously as well as SDGs idea. We use high-quality ingredients and seasonings so that you can enjoy the best Udon dishes in this experience. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please let me know in advance. I'll prepare for you separately.  Please come in casual clothes which you would not mind getting dirty.
Craft postcards in a family paper shop
On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able to guide you on how to mail your unique cards to your friends or family. Other things to note; Please be sure to bring the mailing addresses of the people you want to send your postcards to.
Osaka Mountain Hike and Trout Fishing
Do you want to experience Japanese nature deeply? How about hiking a holly and historical mountain, Mt. Kongo in Osaka? We take train and bus for total one hour to the mountain. In the beginning, you feel nature by tasting fresh mountain water. Also, you can stop by a genuine tofu shop which serves delicious soy milk. There are several popular courses, but I lead you to a secret one. On the course, you hike for 2 hours and experience various things like ・Walking along a beautiful creek, ・Climbing rocks (Don't worry. It is just few steps), ・Being impressed by 3 waterfalls, ・Going up a creek by hopping stones, and more! On the peak, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery, and have a light meal like a rice ball and a cup noodle. I also show you a temple (at the summit!) and a miracle elder couple cedar. On the way down, we take the main course for 1 hour and greet other hikers. At last, you enjoy fishing for trouts at a fishing ground. Surprisingly, you eat caught fresh fish in two delicious ways ( grilled and fried ) for lunch at an on-site restaurant. ※ If you are vegan or don't eat fish, I recommend a famous tofu restaurant in the neighbourhood. ※※This experience is available in winter season. It would be snowy from mid of December to February. A snow spike is provided. Fish is more delicious in this period. Other things to note /I'd like to meet up at 8:50

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Photoshoot in Kyoto Gion
Thanks for checking out and welcome to my experience! :-) [ On the day ] ■ We meet at the meeting point on the scheduled time. I will send you a google map link. ■ Walk around Kyoto Gion area. ■ As we walk together, I will suggest some suitable spots for photoshoot. ■ I will take photo group by group. ■ Don’t worry about posing as I will guide you along the way. [ About photo ] ■ 10 edited full resolution photos per participant ■ all unedited JPEG 200-400 photos, send within 7 days via google drive [ Note ] ■ You can always ask me if I can open the schedule for you if it’s not listed ■ Other locations (Fushimi Inari, Kamogawa or any other locations) ■ Children below 2 years old can join for free. Please present his/her passport for age verification during the photoshoot. ■ The tour does not included paid location, if you wish to enter paid attraction, kindly pay for my entrance fee We also provide full scale packages for half/full day casual or pre-wedding photoshoot at any locations within Japan. Please contact me for details. Other things to note Other photoshoots in Kansai Kyoto Gion http://bit.ly/2JRpEF3 Kyoto Arashiyama http://bit.ly/34wdxVC Kyoto Gion with Kimono http://bit.ly/2qpIkVC Kyoto Fushimi Inari with Kimono http://bit.ly/381AKAg Nara http://bit.ly/2NglvfN Nara with Kimono http://bit.ly/32xQfyT Osaka http://bit.ly/34pOUKe
Photoshoot in Osaka
Thanks for checking out and welcome to my experience! :-) [ On the day ] ■ We meet at the meeting point at the scheduled time. I will send you a google map link ■ Walk around Osaka Castle Park ■ As we walk together, I will suggest some suitable spots for photoshoot ■ I will take photo group by group ■ Don’t worry about posing as I will guide you along the way [ About photo ] ■ 10 edited full resolution photos per participant ■ all unedited JPEG 200-400 photos, send within 7 days via google drive [ Note ] ■ You can always ask me if I can open the schedule for you if it’s not listed ■ Other locations (Shinsaibashi, Umeda, Tsutenkaku Shinsekai, or any other locations) ■ Children below 2 years old can join for free but please present his/her passport for age verification during the photoshoot. ■ The tour does not included paid location, if you wish to enter paid attraction, kindly pay for my entrance fee We also provide full scale packages for half/full day casual or pre-wedding photoshoot at any locations within Japan. Please contact me for details. Other things to note Other photoshoots in Kansai Kyoto Gion http://bit.ly/2JRpEF3 Kyoto Arashiyama http://bit.ly/34wdxVC Kyoto Gion with Kimono http://bit.ly/2qpIkVC Kyoto Fushimi Inari with Kimono http://bit.ly/381AKAg Nara http://bit.ly/2NglvfN Nara with Kimono http://bit.ly/32xQfyT Osaka http://bit.ly/34pOUKe
Nara Cycling along River into DeerPark
It's beautiful & fresh cycling along the river where no tourists visit, and we go through local Japanese neighborhood districts, which are beautiful, cozy, and quiet. Especially hidden gems in Nara, cycling along the Saho river, only local people visit :) Fewer tourists, no cars, no stress, you'll get relax feeling from busy Osaka/Kyoto staying. And in Nara park, beside crowded and busy Todaiji-big Buddha, not many people go up to Nigatsudo hall on the hill. The view from the Nigatsu-do hall is just breathtakingly beautiful. But you've got to ride your bicycle up there. It's a little bit of exercise. We can feed the deer in Nara park while we go cycling around. I'll get the deer crackers for you :) And I'll take some lovely group photos of you while we're cycling. I'm an excellent selfie photographer! From Nigatsudo hall to the station, it's all the way downhill. It's an easy way back! ★ If it rains hard, we'll get your raincoat, and we can walk around in the park. (We ride buses between the station and the park.) ★ There is a sake brewery in town, and we can try Sake tasting if you want. (500yen Extra charge) Other things to note Please make sure that you can ride bicycles very well. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling. In order to prevent health problems caused by heat strokes, please bring your cap or hat
Freelance Photography Shoot and Tours
"Contact Host" button to request a 'time' of your choice, or on IG at snapkyoto. Last Minute is OKAY. I check my phone 24/7, almost :) This photoshoot includes: +50 stunning professional photos (within 24 hours) +A deep tour of Kyoto's culture, history, people etc. +A pleasant guide, maybe the funniest in Kyoto :) Best Light: (1) Sunset, (2) Cloudy Days, (3) Rainy & (4) Sunny (5) Nighttime *rainy days are good for photos but heavy shower or stormy days are no good. We can reschedule. +This booking is 1 Hour for the old Gion/higashiyama area, but you can request another must-see area, like: Fushimi Inari, Golden Pavilion, or Arashiyama Bamboo Forest etc. Or combine with a longer photo tour (addtional fee required): *3 Hours covering half of Kyoto (2 main areas) *6 Hours covering the whole Kyoto (4 main areas) *3 Hours Photo Bicycle Tour (biking+photos+tour) For more info & Portfolio: "snapkyoto dot com" @snapkyoto (ig)
Treasure Hunting at Temple Flea Market
Shitennoji temple Flea market: Kind of a hidden flea market to foreign tourists, the visitors are mostly local people. The language you can hear is Osaka dialect, not standard Japanese, because of a deep Osaka Area. Tour itinerary: 10:30 Shitennoji-mae yuhigaoka St.→Flea market at Shitennoji Temple (Lunch at the temple restaurant. Japanese food menu only) → Isshinji temple Theater to see Buddhism art → Climbing Mt. Chausu → Going through Tennoji park to Zoo Shop around 14:30 ~ 15:00, the end of service. You will meet a strange things you've never met before because the place you are visiting is Japan. Participants really know about their merchandise. They would be happy to teach you how to use it, how they made it or what kind of history the merchandise have. From this moment communication is started with you and participants. And you share it with other guests who join this experience. And then we can make friends like we've already known each other. "Communication" and "Share something with someone" are the key words for this experience. To do it, I will give you some helps with Japanese to local people through the experience Other things to note Pay money for your food & drink Leaving tour OK, but no refund In the case of a flea market being canceled because of rain, the experience would be turned into a walking tour Rain-or-shine experience

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お寿司を作って抹茶も楽しみましょう
Don't you think that it would be wonderful to make sushi at home? At first, Yumiko showes and explains all Japanese seasonings. Next you will make tamagoyaki or Japanese omelette. And then you make two different popular styles of sushi: nigirizushi and makizushi. You can learn some useful skills as well as sushi history. I bet you enjoy two different ways of making sushi. I think you can hold a happy sushi party when you go back home. ( We have vegetarian and vegan friendly menus. We try to meet your needs as much as we can. Feel free to make your request. ) In the end of this course, Yumiko will serve a bowl of matcha or powdered green tea with Japanese sweet. If you have enough time, you can make a bowl of match by yourself :-) Why don’t you try it?! Note: if you are allergic to some foods, please let me know.
Eat your way through Osaka! Food Tour
This 3hr long walking tour involves 6 food stops and a little sightseeing that covers many iconic landmarks and hidden spots along with the history behind them. You will try several kinds of unique food loved by locals in Osaka for decades. You’ll also have 2 types of desserts (one traditional & one contemporary “traditional”) from the most popular confectionaries favored by locals. I will explain the background of each food you’ll try and link it to Osaka or Japan more broadly. Through this culinary experience, you will certainly come to understand the character of Osaka. And I also guarantee that you'll be full before leaving the tour as said in the proverb Kuidaore! *Food Allergies & Restrictions Osaka is known as the kingdom of carb-rich food. All the food provided on this tour contains wheat flour or fish based broth. For those on a gluten-free or vegan diet, this tour is not suitable. Also, please be advised that this tour cannot accommodate anyone with severe food allergies that can cause illness or life threatening situations. This is because dietary issues are not very common in Japan, and many restaurants and food shops are not aware of cross contamination / contact and thus cross contamination CANNOT be avoided. **Daytime version You'll get a Wagyu beef skewer instead of Sushi. Other things to note Osaka is known as the kingdom of carb-rich food, so most local food is made from WHEAT FLOUR. Also, many traditional dishes in Japan use a FISH based broth. BOTH are included on the tour.
Learn to play a traditional harp
Learn to play the traditional Japanese musical instrument "KOTO", and enjoy tea ceremony experience, delicious green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets! ^^^^^^^^^^^^ The traditional Japanese stringed instrument, the koto, is renowned for both its healing tones and elegant shape. During this workshop, you will have a chance to play the koto and hear and feel for yourself the echoes of antiquity that ring in each note of this beautiful instrument. First, I'll explain about the history of Koto. Koto has long histroy. And I play the classical Koto song for demonstration. Next, let's learn the tuning of Koto. This instrument has various tunings of scales, but this time we will make a basic tuning together. And next, let's learn how to read the score. It is a unique score that is completely different from the Western score. Then, put the finger picks of Koto and play it together. Feel the beautiful sound you make and enjoy Japanese song! After playing the koto, you will be served matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets in a tea ceremony by a master from the Urasenke tea school. It is a home-like tea ceremony, so let's relax and chat. Spend an emotionally fulfilling time with me in this calming environment to creatively explore and stimulate all five of your senses. We have prepared a variety of workshops which allow participants to explore and hone their five sense Other things to note If you can't find our house and arrive late or something happens, don't hesitate to call us 07052623770 or send the message in this site.
Experience Kendo in Kyoto
"Experience KENDO" offers authentic BUSHIDO ("WAY OF SAMURAI") learning experience through the lecture and basic motions of the traditional martial arts, KENDO ("WAY OF SWORD"). Tomoyoshi, the instructor, will give you a short lecture on how the ancient swordsmanship of SAMURAI later developed into KENDO. He will share ancient SAMURAIS' heroic stories, including his great-grandfather, Yoshishige Hayashi. He will also share the controversial influence of BUSHIDO values on this nation and his family into extremism, especially during the period of WW2. He will end his story on how redemption came and led him to the current inner peace and the life of a pacifist. After the lecture, you will wear all the KENDO armors and will learn the basic KENDO movements. In the end, you will get to do the KENDO match with each other. Upon completing the workshop, you will receive a beautifully designed “Certificate of Experience”. Tomoyoshi will teach you everything in English. Q&A is always welcomed. Photo-taking is freely allowed. His wife, Tomoko, who also has rich Kendo experience will assist ladies and children in any necessary way. It is a very safe activity but exciting enough to meet your adventurous expectation. We are confident that this is one of the best workshops you can find of this kind!
Kyoto Samurai Experience
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle. -Form Practice- Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form. -A Real Katana (Japanese sword)- After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place this target on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test. -Zen (meditation)- The course wraps up with an experience of Zen meditation. Through this deep meditation, you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword, and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life. -Other things to note- *You are allowed to take photos and videos anytime anywhere during the experience.

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Photos in a Kimono with Pro in Kyoto
This is the kimono photo experience! If you are interested in Premium Kimonos, check this Youtube movie. You can upgrade to these kimonos, too. ↓ https://youtu.be/c_b_83asim8 If you cannot find available day, feel free to contact me! I might be able to open the plan. If you bring your children, or if you use 2L size, please give me a message. The experience starts meeting at the Station and head to the kimono shop together. It's a 3 minutes walk, so we'll relax and have a nice conversation. When we get to the shop, you will change clothes in about 60 - 90 minutes. The kimono shop has the options for your hair set and makeup, if you need. These options need extra fee. After you change into your kimono, we take a taxi to a special area in Kyoto. The photo spot is around Maruyama Park area. Maruyama Park is beautiful Japanese nature scenery. Transportation fee is not included. Then we will start taking photos. Since I am a professional kimono photographer, you can count on me. The photo session will take around 1 hour and bit more. After the session, you need to go back to the kimono shop by yourself. You can use kimono until 17:30. *Kimono upgrade (Furisode, Houmongi, Hakama) is available with extra fee. Please ask me. Other things to note The photo data will be around 50 photos per person. The time for photo session depends on the number of people. Transportation
Kyoto Hidden Architecture Tour
Just wondering in this traditional and cozy city Kyoto is very good, but doing it with a local architect from design perspective could be even more special. Along the hike, we will dive into my favorite area "Okazaki" where it has very nice mixed-atmosphere of traditions and modernism. We will walk from a narrow town-path to a mountain trail visiting different building types such as hidden zen villa, city theatre, huge shrine and mountain temple. The hike covers various buildings all from different time in the history, thus it will give you a good base of Japanese history and culture as well as their effects on the architecture designs. We are also going to enjoy the Japanese gardens of temple/ shrine. While they have various beauties in every seasons and nice water and air, we will have relaxing and deep breathes on our hike. I usually tailor the hike according to the seasons and guests' wishes so please do not hesitate to ask the list of spots we visit and tell me the specific interests/ wishes. I am very looking forward to seeing you on this hike! Other things to note Please let me know if you want to know the exact spots we visit, I will send you the list.
Premium Kimono Tea Ceremony at Maikoya with the Garden
You will make a green tea (Matcha) in an ancient style Japanese tea ceremony room wearing Kimono. First, you will chose your kimono. I will help to make sure that you are dressed correctly also your hair match the traditional styles. You will a selection of kimono in sizes appropriate for women, men, boys, and girls . Second, I will give you an introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be held and you will make a green tea (Matcha), drink it, then eat Japanese sweets (Wagashi) which is suitable for the green tea. Lastly, you are allowed to take pictures in the tea ceremony room after the ceremony and in front of our unique backdrops! Other things to note You have an option to do the tea ceremony by sitting on a chair. Please let me know in advance! *If you are traveling with children under the age of 9, please make a reservation by choosing the FAMILY PLAN. Children who are younger than 9 cannot participate in the regular tea ceremony session. *Most sessions are usually private as Japan is still closed for international travel. About 20% of the time there may be another party in your group.
Deep Local Food & Craft Sake Bar Crawl
"One of the tapas bar is historical 80 YEARS OLD classic Japanese tapas bar! Point 1. Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Doutonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who would like to glimpse what a real local night life is. Point 2. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing restaurant bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! e.g. Draft Beer / 380 Yen Pure Craft Sake / 300~500 Yen Tapas / 100~800 Yen Point 3. You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order your favorite taste which something "adventurous" and sure fire food like seasonal sashimi or variety meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! Japanese slang/swear! I am music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Comfortable shoes preferable. If you have any diet, please don't hesitate to ask me. I'll arrange you what can I order :)
Create Chewy Udon & Soup from scratch
You'll learn how to make both the most delicious udon and dashi in Japan from scratch, and enjoy the udon with two ways of eating such as hot udon and the chilled one. We have various kinds of udon in Japan, and each region has original udon actually. The udon you'll make is the most famous and the most popular in Japan because of its elasticity. You'll use not only hands but also feet to make udon strong chewy. This is the traditional recipe, but only this udon. And also, you'll learn how to make Osaka-style Japanese soup stock. Umami comes from the Osaka soup stock culture, and the Osaka-style broth is the most delicious. We chose this best combination so that you could enjoy the best udon in Japan. And more, You'll learn how to make one more side dish using the leftover ingredients after filtering soup. We're sure that you will be amazed at its deliciously as well as SDGs idea. We use high-quality ingredients and seasonings so that you can enjoy the best Udon dishes in this experience. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please let me know in advance. I'll prepare for you separately.  Please come in casual clothes which you would not mind getting dirty.
Craft postcards in a family paper shop
On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able to guide you on how to mail your unique cards to your friends or family. Other things to note; Please be sure to bring the mailing addresses of the people you want to send your postcards to.
Make Origami Jewelry to take home Craft
In this course, you learn how to fold Origami and assemble your folded Origami to your original Jewelry (A pair of earrings). The workshop is held at Semba Center Building which has direct connection to the station. So you don’t get wet even it’s rainning. At first, you learn how to fold origami with a large paper. Then you pick Origami paper from a wide variety of choice and fold Origami like Crane, Ninja tool or Balloon (changes day to day). Coat the folded Origami with resin and assemble with parts to change it into a pair of Jewelry earrings. (I’ve upgraded metal parts from brass to K16GP.) During the experience, I will show and tell you the techniques and help you to fold Origami and assemble it to the jewelry. The jewelry will be only one in the world and it will be perfect gift for you, your family or friends back home. Let's have fun making it together! -Approximately 3 hours hands on experience of Origami Jewelry Making. -Choose Origami paper from a wide variety of selection for your jewelry. -Take the Origami Jewelry you make to your home. First time trying folding origami and/or crafting jewelry? No problem! I tell you how to from scratch and give you hand in the workshop.
Osaka Mountain Hike and Trout Fishing
Do you want to experience Japanese nature deeply? How about hiking a holly and historical mountain, Mt. Kongo in Osaka? We take train and bus for total one hour to the mountain. In the beginning, you feel nature by tasting fresh mountain water. Also, you can stop by a genuine tofu shop which serves delicious soy milk. There are several popular courses, but I lead you to a secret one. On the course, you hike for 2 hours and experience various things like ・Walking along a beautiful creek, ・Climbing rocks (Don't worry. It is just few steps), ・Being impressed by 3 waterfalls, ・Going up a creek by hopping stones, and more! On the peak, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery, and have a light meal like a rice ball and a cup noodle. I also show you a temple (at the summit!) and a miracle elder couple cedar. On the way down, we take the main course for 1 hour and greet other hikers. At last, you enjoy fishing for trouts at a fishing ground. Surprisingly, you eat caught fresh fish in two delicious ways ( grilled and fried ) for lunch at an on-site restaurant. ※ If you are vegan or don't eat fish, I recommend a famous tofu restaurant in the neighbourhood. ※※This experience is available in winter season. It would be snowy from mid of December to February. A snow spike is provided. Fish is more delicious in this period. Other things to note /I'd like to meet up at 8:50
Kimono photo-walk and tour around Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto
Want to explore Kyoto and try wearing Kimono with a local guide and a professional photographer? I'm Tala and I've been living in Kyoto for 5 years. Other than the history of this beautiful city, I'm experienced in Kimono photoshoots and know the best spots to get that perfect Kyoto angle! ******** Kiyomizu Temple, Higashiyama district tour: We will meet up at the Kiyomizu-Michi bus stop. If you have requested a kimono, we will first go to the shop and then head towards Kiyomizu-temple. You can enter the temple itself but it will have an entrance fee. Afterward, we will cross the souvenir shops towards the Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka streets where you can take iconic photos of Kyoto. Yasaka Pagoda and Japanese-style Starbucks are located there. you can visit Traditional sweet shops or restaurants in this district as well. -This tour is typically about 2 hours. -Time spent on Kimono wearing and return will not be concluded and charged in the 2 hours of the tour as it can take up to an hour.
Fushimi Inari Hidden Hiking Tour
Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo. We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alters. We will begin at Tofukuji Station and wander into a quiet neighborhood, visiting small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates. We will reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the ​shrine alters and then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead us to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. We will finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Please understand that this is a hike, not a normal walk, so it will require some effort. We will not recommend joining if you have trouble walking or not in a good condition. Other things to note We would not recommend this for people who have trouble walking or are not in a good condition. Wearing shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants is recommended to avoid mosquitoes and bugs. Being late for more than 5 minutes will be regarded as a cancellation without any refund. Possible Co-Host
Abandoned Railway Walk Through Tunnels
Are you looking for an adventure which is mixed with nature and artefacts? I invite you to a unique hiking experience on an abandoned railway outside of Osaka! We meet up at JR Osaka station and move to the station 40 minutes away We explore the 5 km (3 miles) railway for 2 hours. At the start of the trail, you see a beautiful pristine river with many huge boulders which runs along the entire trail. The best part of the hike are the 6 tunnels which were made of mostly bricks. The longest one is 400m (1,300ft) . We enter tunnels with flashlights, feel a different atmosphere and observe the insides. If you pay attention, you can discover several interesting features of the tunnels. Afterwards, we will have wild game meat dishes (boar/deer) for lunch/dinner at a local restaurant. You pay for your own meal. (VEGAN MENU IS AVAILABLE) ※THE RESTAURANT CLOSES ON MONDAY. If you book on Monday, I can recommend a restaurant according to your request. After that,we relax at a free natural foot bath. Soaking your feet in hot water will relieve the weariness of the hiking! Lastly, we return to JR Osaka station. ※※This experience is available in winter season. It would be snowy a bit from mid of December to February. Special equipments are not necessary. Other things to note If you fear darkness, please consider joining. I provide a flashlight, but it is very dark at some points in tunnels. Lunch/dinner is not covered. Please expect to spend about 1000 to 1500 yen per person. The restaurant closes on Monday.
Deep Osaka Night Life, Eat & Drink!
Regarding the whole Tenjinbashi entertainment area as one large cuisine dining, Enjoy exclusive Japanese food & drink with bar-hopping style. This is the most luxury and efficient way to enjoy Osaka food culture. Begin with Takoyaki (In Osaka must eat food, Octopus dumplings) as an appetizer, then taste Fresh Sushi at Sushi bar counter with Sake as the second, move to freak loved BBQ restaurant to taste juicy Wagyu-meat with local beer. We will end up with the rich taste of chewy Japanese noodle 'Ramen' as the last (probably some you never eat before). In total, we will visit 4 places. Basically, at 1 place, 1 drink(except 1st & 4th) & 1- 2 food, then go next. This is Osaka style and especially suits this area. 'Eat and Die' is a famous word which mentions about Osaka town. Tenjinbashi, The Longest shopping street in Japan has a different face in the night. Especially narrow side street has more interesting. I'll show you around scenic Osaka night town. Without a local navigator, Someplace is difficult even for Japanese people to enter, though Osaka night is very kind for drinking people. So you'll feel very comfortable after like a local. I'll try to direct unforgettable Osaka nightlife​ & food Other things to note Maximum number is 4-6, because the Restaurant space are limited. ■For vegetarian people, I can arrange some. ■Non alcohol drinks are available on your request. ■Private tour is available, pls ask me
Private & Unique Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
How about a traditional and unique Japanese tea ceremony performed just for you, your family or your friends? Let's have a private Japanese tea party together! Come gather around and have a seat at our table (that's right, no painful kneeling on tatami mats). Enjoy the luxurious tea ceremony "Encha Mittsukazari", the most traditional ceremony of the Ōbaku Baisa-ryū School of the "Way of Tea" that has been performed ever since its foundation. You will see a variety of real tea utensils used to prepare tea in traditional style and gain deep insights into the world of Japanese tea and Zen culture. With a maximum of five guests, you can make this experience your very own and enjoy it as a private tea ceremony just for you and your group! All five guests will taste the tea prepared during the ceremony. Delight your palate with freshly prepared green tea of the highest rank, called "Gyokuro", coupled with delicious Japanese sweets. Afterwards, ask away freely about anything you are interested in: about the ceremony, Japanese tea, sweets and culture… Anything that piques your curiosity! Let's get a taste of ancient Kyoto and enjoy Japanese tea together! Notice: In this experience, we are not using Matcha, but Sencha, another kind of Japanese green tea with a different culture, though it does not fall short of Matcha in any way! Give it a try, we know you will love it!
Learn Kawaii wagashi making over matcha
We'll first show you our showcase of our original designed sweets before we start class! Then "Ta-da!" I invite you to enter my atelier normally customers cannot come in & here we go! A local fluent translator Atsuo will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique! First you will learn about basic ingredients, materials and tools for making wagashi using visual chart, and I will demonstrate the basic skills step by step for you to follow and do the same way by modelling, moulding, and shaping your own Japanese sweet. You can learn not only the basic skills of making, but also the beauty of Japanese traditional colours used and how I express seasons in the design of the "sweets". Don't worry, you can take your time at your own pace, and focus on getting inspiration and enjoying the making! There are some difficult techniques where I will help you. :-)  Also, you can ask me to take photos of your making as you have to keep your hands clean! Making will be about 40 minutes, and when finished, we will have a matcha tea time to taste your own wagashi. My wife will also pack the remaining wagashi for your taking out! Ingredients are red beans(azuki), white kidney beans, sugar, yam potato, agar, and edible colors from vegetables and plants. Sometimes I may use egg yolk or rice powder, which I can avoid to use if you ask me in advance. Other things to note After the experience, we will serve you matcha tea (included in the price), and you can eat your own sweets you made through your experience. For wagashi you will make I only use natural edible colors from vegetables and plants.
Kyoto Foodie Night Tour
We will share a course-meal ranging from modern to traditional Japanese food across 4-6 food stands and restaurants. I have chosen these vendors to talk about quality food and rich food culture that represent Kyoto. Throughout the evening, we will try many kinds of foods different from other Japanese cities offer with other foodies! Other things to note Please let me know if you have food restrictions or allergies beforehand. I update my tour availability by the 3rd week for next month. Even if you don't see availability, please check back later.
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