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Things to Do in Kyoto This Winter

Things to Do in Kyoto This Winter

Winter is a magical time to visit Kyoto, when snow dusts the palaces and temples and tea and sake warm body and soul. Whether your interests run to high culture, Japanese cuisine, or flower arranging, here are a few ways to enjoy Kyoto this winter.

  • Take a full- or half-day tour of Kyoto’s highlights and see such sights as the Golden Temple, Kiyomizu-dera, and Nijo-jo at their picturesque best.
  • Enjoy a warming cup of Japanese tea prepared the traditional way, in a tea ceremony with a tea master.
  • Stay warm and dry inside when you go back to school— samurai school, that is.
  • Learn how to make delicious Japanese cuisine during a cooking class, many of which include a market or neighborhood tour.
  • Stay warm in winter the way Japanese people do—with heated sake—during a sake-tasting experience.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and get your heart pumping with a taiko-drumming lesson.
  • Gain first-hand experience of the alluring geisha with a multicourse dinner with a maiko, or apprentice geisha.
  • Try your hand at chopstick making, watercolor painting, or flower arranging at a Japanese arts and craft workshop.
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3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, one of the largest sake breweries in Fushimi, and end your visit with a sake-tasting session. Not only will your guide be able to explain the basics of sake and introduce you to new kinds you may have never tried, but your tastings will also be paired with Japanese snacks that enhance the tasting experience. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.29
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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

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Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.47
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Price varies by group size

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

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Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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$48.76
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Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

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The Nishiki Food Market, known to locals as the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” is a huge 400-year-old market sprawling with food vendors. Navigate what can be an overwhelming space with the help of your guide, whose insight into the local food scene will give you a taste of Japanese culture—and plenty of food. All food tastings are included as per itinerary.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.71
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Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour with Lunch

Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour with Lunch

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For those new to the Japanese rice wine, sake can be something of a mystery. Unravel those mysteries on this tour to Kyoto's Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, which has been making sake since 1637. See how producers have made sake throughout the past few hundred years, and understand the techniques they use. Enjoy sampling some of the sake and then have lunch (included) in the restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.71
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$190.71