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Apply yourself to the traditional artisan practices of Japan as you enjoy a 1 to 1.5-hour lesson learning origami or calligraphy from a local expert. Along the way you’ll discover the delicate beauty and supreme concentration fostered by these two elegant Japanese traditions.

Pick your preferred class time and skill from the list of options, proceeding to the machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), located just 5 minutes from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. These iconic houses, utilizing a characteristic building style of this ancient Japanese city, offer the perfect environment for your lesson. Upon your arrival you’ll meet your English-speaking guide and instructor who will oversee your lesson.

After observing a demonstration by your instructor, spend a few moments working to test and perfect your own origami/calligraphy technique. As you work to improve your skill, receive helpful tips from your instructor and translator along the way.

For those that select the kimono-dressing experience, you’ll have the opportunity continue wearing your ensemble as you fold more origami.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace
WAK Japan
Learn the intricate arts of Japan during a small-group origami class or calligraphy lesson, taught by an instructor inside an authentic Kyoto home during a 1- or 1.5-hour lesson. Choose between a calligraphy session, involving the methodical practice of applying brush to paper, or try your hand at origami, the delicate skill of paper folding. You can also upgrade your origami session with an optional dress-up in a traditional kimono. No matter your choice, you’ll receive personal attention during this small-group lesson, limited to just 7 participants.
  • 1- to 2-hour Japanese cultural experience in Kyoto
  • Learn to write Japanese calligraphy with brushstrokes and ink (if option selected)
  • Practice the art of origami and fold paper into small sculptures (if option selected)
  • Dress in a gorgeous kimono and wear it during your origami lesson (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 ensures a more personalized experience
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great, patient, kind orgami teacher..highly recommended

Our two girls ages 9 and 6 really wanted to take a class and this was the perfect place. The teacher was super sweet, spoke excellent English and was so patient, yet helped when you needed it. Both my husband and I went along and...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile
Excellent experience!

We took an amazing calligraphy class from WAK. It was so well done, we greatly enjoyed it. Such a special treat. If we had known more about their programs and all that they offered we would have scheduled more items.

Thank careyburden
Reviewed 12 June 2018
Learning Japanese Calligraphy

I had booked an hour lesson to get me started in calligraphy and arrived very early as I wasn't sure where the building was. Although it might have been rude of me in Japanese society, to turn up so early, I was made to feel...More

Thank brianmehl
Reviewed 27 March 2018
A Great Way to Spend a Rainy Afternoon in Kyoto

Our family of four (2 adults, 2 teens) decided on the spur of the moment to do one of these courses because our cycle tour had been cancelled due to rain. We called early in the morning and luckily were able to book something for...More

Thank LMGToronto
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile
Origami with Yoshie Yamamoto

I took a one hour origami class with Yoshimie Yamaoto during my visit to Kyoto. I have already done some origami but the hour spent with Yoshimie was very pleasant and instructive. Yoshimie is a very partient teacher. The lesson takes place in a one...More

Thank stevebevan
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