Kyoto Small-Group Calligraphy or Origami Class

Cultural & Theme Tours in Japan

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4.8 out of 5

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Try your hand at the Japanese arts with your choice of a calligraphy or origami class! Take a 1-hour lesson from an expert instructor inside a beautiful Kyoto-style townhouse, and experience traditional arts in the old capital of Japan. You’ll practice calligraphy techniques with a brush and ink or learn to fold patterned paper into a variety of shapes. If you’d like, upgrade your origami lesson to include an additional hour getting dressed in a traditional kimono! Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 7 people.
Meet your guide at a machiya – a traditional wooden townhouse that’s typically found in the historical capital – providing an authentic atmosphere for your calligraphy or origami lesson. (The location is just a 5-minute walk from the south end of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.)After a demonstration by an expert instructor, you’ll have plenty of time to experiment with brush strokes or paper-folding techniques, depending on which class you’ve selected. Your English-speaking guide will translate your native Japanese teacher’s instructions as well as offer assistance during your lesson. If you upgrade your experience to include the kimono-wearing session, you’ll have the opportunity to keep it on while you fold origami. (See descriptions of each option below.)

What’s included

  • Professional English-speaking guide

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)


  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level