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koi travel, tea ceremony

Now there are some places that serve you a cup of green tea or matcha as a “tea ceremony”. But you will not understand what really is only having a cup of tea without enough explanation. Tea ceremony is a comprehensive art that forms bases of Japanese art. Did you know many other arts like room decoration, flower arrangements, calligraphy, equipment, kaiseki dishes and sweets were invented or improved as tea ceremony was developed? We offer a tour through which you will learn more about tea ceremony and the culture and history behind.

This tour offers you a great experience of tea ceremony as well as learning of tea ceremony at a tea ceremony museum. It perfectly fits for the ones who want to learn deeply about tea ceremony and related arts.

koi travel, tea bowl painting

Tea bowl used for tea ceremony in Japan is an important item to show the season and theme of the tea ceremony. The host of tea ceremony also selects them to match character of each guest.

This short-time experience offers you a great experience porcelain painting to paint a ceramic tea bowl with guide of a professional porcelain painting instructor. In Tokyo, most of the day tours finish around 5pm and there are few things to do in the evening. How about having unique experience during the extra time after coming back to your hotel room?

  • The instructor will visit your hotel room. The instructor will start off with a short lecture about the procedure of painting.
  • No art experience is required but your artistic sense will appear in your work!
  • The instructor will take Read More
koi travel, sake brewery visit

Sake or rice wine is important beverage to understand Japanese culture and it is produced almost all over Japan. Yes, even in Tokyo. On this tour, we will visit one sake brewery in Tokyo and witness the process of sake making. Once you step into the brewery, you catch the fresh, mellow fragrance of sake. After the tour in the brewery, let’s taste fresh sake and enjoy lunch afterwards.

  • Meet the guide at Tokyo station at 10 am.
  • Take a local train to the nearest station. During the about one hour ride, our guide will tell you the daily life in Tokyo.
  • After walking from the station, you finally arrive at the brewery which was built more than 150 years ago. Enjoy the short lecture and tasting!
  • Lunch is available at a restaurant operated by the brewery. Read More
koi travel, Asakusa walking tour

Discover the real Tokyo, both historical and modern with a local! You will naturally see the contrast between new and old parts of central Tokyo.

We start the tour at Tawaramachi metro station at 10:30am. In the morning, we will visit Kappabashi and stroll through the Kitchen Street selling kitchen goods and plastic food samples that are very real.

We will then have lunch at a traditional restaurant with more than 100 years’ history.

After lunch, let’s try omikuji fortune at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Tokyo as we walk through the Nakamise shopping street.

We will then visit Akihabara Electric Town – a town well known for being the center of otaku culture and shops devoted to anime and manga. Read More

koi travel, Yanesen walking tour

Discover the real Tokyo, both historical and modern with a local! You will naturally see the contrast between east west parts of central Tokyo.

Starting at Nippori station at 10:30am, we will first visit Yanaka in the old part of Tokyo and its shopping street, busy with local customers looking for glossaries and daily goods. We will then visit a local shrine, a calm and spiritual place with iconic red torii gates.

We will then move to the chic Omotesando area and have lunch at a buckwheat soba restaurant loved by locals. Soba in walnut sauce is the recommended dish but there are many other mouth-watering dishes for you to choose from!

After lunch, we will stroll through Omotesando and Harajuku’s Takeshita Street, a street of Read More

koi travel, sake brewery visit

Crisp air and water make winter the best season for sake brewing. On this tour, we will visit the smallest sake brewery in Japan and witness the process of sake making. Once you step into the brewery, you catch the fresh, mellow fragrance of sake. After the tour in the brewery, let’s taste fresh sake and compare the different labels.

  • Meet the guide at Kanazawa station (it’s about 3 hours from Tokyo by bullet train)
  • Lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy local unique cuisine
  • After lunch, visit the sake brewery and enjoy tasting afterwards.
  • Enjoy sightseeing in Kanazawa, it has many traditional samurai assets to see
  • Depart Kanazawa station at 18:50 (go back to Tokyo by bullet train if not staying in Kanazawa)

* Fully guided one-day tour.
* Car transportation service is provided in Kanazawa.

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