Guided cultural experiences are available in both English and Japanese. Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance. Prices are available upon inquiry. Please be aware that your requested time or date may not be available.
A tour of the fragrances of Kyoto
One of our employees wrote “Kyoto Kankou”, a tour of the hidden scents and sight in Kyoto.
From the Heian period to the present, the Kyoto imperial palace and its surroundings is where many histories have happened, and even to this day there are still historic buildings and the historic atmosphere left. The Kyomachiya's shop fronts and white walled warehouse holding impressive soy sauce storage, modern sake gallery blending in this historical space, steps one step further, as if the scent continues to drift anyway is.
This tour, "fragrance guide" is about perfumes, herbs, and sake on the theme of fragrance, and it will show you the world of Japanese scent.
Meet the people behind works of art, architecture, business, and design. We’ll take you behind the scenes and behind the veil. You’ll hear directly from inspiring people the source of their passion, tales of how they’ve perfected their craft, and stories from their everyday life.Reservation Form
Kyoto’s Historical Cuisine
Densely packed, modern cities offer choices innumerable when it comes to delectable delights. Kyoto, with its small, winding streets is no different except for one thing: its centuries of culinary history and craftsmanship. Allow our gastronomic specialist to show you the way to Kyoto’s historic makers of food, flavors, fragrances, and refreshments. You’ll go behind the shop-fronts and meet sake brewers, miso makers, confectioners, tea connoisseurs, masters of pickling, preservation, umami, and more as you get an in-depth introduction to Japan’s culinary techniques, and the people who dedicate their life to their safeguarding. See the passion, detail, and nods to tradition that go into everything they create.Reservation Form
A Story of Secluded Gardens
Kyoto is known for being home to pretty gardens aplenty, but there are many that go sadly unvisited despite their beauty and detail. In these gardens, each patch of moss and every pebble is thoughtfully placed, combining to create landscapes of legend, sometimes in spaces only as big as an average-sized sedan. Our professional garden designer will take you to these hidden havens and teach you the meaning and ideas behind the botanically beautiful designs. With her help, you may even get a chance to see and learn about one secluded estate that is usually closed off to the average passer-by.Reservation Form
Sato Tea Ceremony
While sipping the rich flavor of matcha green tea, a master of the tea ceremony will give you an insider look into the small details that make the ceremony the serene moment of pure contemplation and togetherness that it is.
As a guest to an actual service of “real tea” – thick-tea, you will be guided through the many stages of such a service, accompanied by well-educated and comprehensible English explanation.
Providing such explanation, your hosts will share with you not only the fundamentals of the rite of tea, but will also further elucidate elemental aspects of Japanese culture as a whole, in order to better grasp what the rite of tea is in essence about.The explanation and demonstration provided will allow you a brief but thorough submersion in the rite of tea, enabling you to experience what it is like to be an actual guest to such a service, simultaneously providing insight in the how and why the rite is conducted.
Welcome to an art that combines colorful, seasonal flowers and grasses to create a scene that mimics nature as our minds strive to see it: pure, untouched, and beautiful. Ikebana may seem like a simple style of flower arrangement, but in reality, it's an authentic Japanese art through which locals appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Everything is taken into consideration to the smallest detail, including the size and shape of the flowers, trunks, leaves and branches. Our Ikebana specialist who also learned French style flower arrangement will show you Japanese Ikebana from a broader and deeper perspective.Reservation Form
Return home with your understanding of Japanese culture, wearing high-grade silk kimono that have their roots in Japan’s long and distant past, not the cheap polyester kimono like wearings. Wearable art that also requires an artful skill to adorn oneself with, the image of the kimono is so ingrained into Japanese culture that even though the garments hail from long ago, they persist on into the present day and beyond. Choose your favorite colors and designs, and listen to the teachers as they tell you about the significance of each while showing you the how and why of the proper way to wear the traditional gown. Then, spend an afternoon on the town in full dress, letting your imagination take you through stories of Japan’s past.Reservation Form
Japanese Sake Tasting
Venture into to the southern part of Kyoto where many of Japan’s historic breweries are located. It is here that you will visit a generations-old brewery still brewing many varieties of Japanese sake, thanks to the wealth of smooth, fresh water running from the area’s springs. You will sample some of the brewery’s best brews, and as a special treat, the brewery’s chef will cook up some fine cuisine samplings to go along with the sake, perfectly paired for each sip. Enjoy digging deeper into the world of Japanese culinary delights. This experience takes about 1.5 hrs. The brewery is located about a 40-minute drive from central Kyoto Please contact us for further information and to make a reservation.Reservation Form