Kyoto, an old capital, has long history as a center of Japanese traditional culture, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, washoku food culture, and so on.
In the ancient capital Kyoto, various traditional crafts workshops are located. In the Higashiyama area near Kiyomizu temple, located potters of kiyomizu yaki, craftsman related to tea utensils have lived near Ogawadori, where headquarter of sado Senke is located, and Nishijin is a notable district, which produced great number of weavers.
For this tour, you can visit producers of traditional handicrafts based on your interests (ex. shibori, weaving, bamboo crafts, laquerware, pottery studio, knife maker).
9:00 Hotel pick-up in Kyoto city
9:30-11:00 Visit to shibori workshop
11:00-12:00 Shopping at a linen fabric shop
13:00-14:30 Shibori museum
14:30-16:00 Nishijin weaving atelier
16:00-17:00 Nishijin textile center
9:00 Hotel pick-up
11:00-12:00 Pottery museum
12:30-13:30 Lunch at Gion
13:30-15:00 craft shops near Gion and Miyagawacho
15:30-17:00 teramachi street: woodblock print shop, tea cafe, washi paper
Anytime (please ask at least 2 weeks before your departure)
Your hotel in Kyoto
Price Doesn't Include:
transportation fee (you and guide) : 230JPY for city bus per person
1500JPY for 10 min taxi ride
entrance fee: 500JPY-1000JPY for museum
workshop: 1500-3000JPY based on your requests
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After studying agro-ecology for masters degree in the Netherlands, I travelled around small villages in India, Bhutan and Japan to learn about traditional food culture and ethnology. I organize off-the-beaten village tours and arranges various experiences especially related to food culture and sustainable rural livelihoods. I try my best to organize a trip with unique experience for you in the off-the-beaten rural villages, especially in Kyoto and Nara, such as cooking with locals, visit farmers, or stay at a farmhouse.
- tea tour (harvesting and processing tea, tea house, matcha poder making, tea museum in Kyoto)
- traditional handicrafts (visit workshops, pottery making experience, kiln in hidden valley)
- culinary experience (food processing workshop such as tofu, soba, yuba, somen noodle, traditional knowledge of food preservation)
- fermented food products (learning how to make sake, shoyu, miso, amazake, pickle, nattou, umeboshi by yourself)
- plant and ethno-ecology (sansai wild plant harvesting and cooking)
- learning rural livelihood (charcoal making, weaving trees, paper making from mulberry plant, silk worm, visit to temple of plant medicine)
- temple stay (meditation, shojin ryori at mount koya)
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