Exciting activities in Japan

Attend a traditional tea ceremony

Tea came from China to Japan sometime in the 9th century. Although it became popular with the aristocracy and the upper class for its alleged medical healing arts, it was not until the samurai class adopted the tradition of tea ceremony or chado that the tea really began to flourish. It reached its height in the 16th century, with practitioners such as Sen-no-Rikyu establishing the ceremony in a form that has continued to this day. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, a contemplative exercise that combines ritual movements with handmade tools that are considered more beautiful for their “imperfections”. A highlight of the ceremony is the chance to try the wagashi, traditional sweets that are designed to complement the “match” served during the tea ceremony. and a tea ceremony. You can also order a special kaiseki meal, which is arranged during the ceremony.

Learn about Japan's famous drink - Sake

Sake (pronounced sacke, not sackéé) or nihonshu is Japan’s traditional drink, created through a two-stage fermentation process that includes rice and koji. You can find sake from high-class ryotei (traditional restaurants) to casual izakaya (bars) and it can be served hot or cold. You will learn the complicated fermentation process when you visit a local brewery. Some plants use modern techniques, while many still follow the traditional methods of brewing. Of course, it will be time for tasting. You will discover a whole new drink and get tasting experiences you never thought of sake!

Dinner with Maiko

Maiko (Geisha) is one of Kyoto’s best known figures, and many visitors dream of photographing a kimono-clad maiko tripping through the cobblestone streets on the way to an evening engagement. Now you can have a personal meeting with one of these engaging artists. Here you will learn more about this iconic profession. You will meet maikon in an exclusive ochaya teahouse, which is usually limited to all but established customers. Take the chance to talk to Maikon and play some games before settling down to an exciting kaiseki dinner. Enjoy the delicacies of the season and a music and / or dance performance. End the experience with a visit to a nearby traditional garden.

Half day in Nara

Spend half a day exploring the ancient city of Nara, Japan’s first capital, where the imperial family lived during the 8th century. Here you will visit Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world. It houses Daibutsu, one of the largest Buddha statues in the country. The nearby Isui and Yoshiki nature areas are excellent places for a contemplative walk. Both are particularly beautiful in the fall, when the maple glows of gold and red. On the eastern side of the park, the Kasuga Shrine is the stage for many traditional weddings. The nearby botanical garden is best in the spring, when the wisteria (Wisteria) bursts into bloom. See the protected deer in Nara Park, considered God’s messenger. If you are hungry you can eat something at Naramachi. This traditional neighborhood on the south side of Nara Park is full of excellent cafes and restaurants.

Torii Gates in Fushimi Inari

Torii Gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto is one of Japan’s most iconic sights. Visit the 1300-year-old sanctuary and hike up the mountain to the vantage point with the impressive view of southern Kyoto. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Inari, who will bring happiness when doing business. The thousands of Torii gates leading the way were built by those whose prayers were answered and these have been used as a backdrop in several films (including “A Geisha’s Memoirs”). See the many fox motifs that are everywhere. The fox represents Inari’s messenger.

Akihabara - electronic town

Akihabara has long been considered a central point for Japan’s counter-movement to traditional Japan. From the postwar era’s well-known electronics district to its current role as a high seat for animation and otaku culture (a kind of Japanese underground culture – a mix of electronics / manga series). A fascinating neighborhood to explore. In Akihabara you will see everything from vintage Nintendo games to animated cartoon characters to the latest Sony electronics. Stop by a cafe for a look at cosplay (a kind of costume game) or read a manga comic book on a “Manga Kissa” (a cafe for readers of Manga – comic books / books). Don’t miss going to the nearby Manseibashi shopping complex, which is a renovated train station. Don’t forget to visit the 100-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine. You notice the influence of Akihabara here, which becomes especially evident in the prayer signs and special amulets in the form of memory cards.

Learn how to cook Japanese food

Get to know Japan through the food. During a 4 hour cooking class, participants work together to prepare and enjoy a traditional Japanese meal. Menu options may include different types of sushi (including a workshop on how to fish fish) or “comfort food” such as udon, soba or tempura. If you are really interested in cooking, you should book a special course dedicated to Washoku, Japan’s traditional cuisine that has recently been designated by UNESCO as a cultural heritage. Washoku focuses on the season’s fresh ingredients, as well as the artistic presentation of the food.

For those who are hungry!

Tokyo’s many Michelin-starred restaurants are world-renowned, but if you want to save your yens, the city’s “street food” is at least as good and costs a fraction of the price. Explore the Japanese term “B-kyu gurume” or “B-grade cuisine”, these tasty dishes that the locals love. chicken or a lovely bowl of steamed ramen.Follow the red lanterns of an izakaya, where you taste edamame or some sashimi. If time and appetite make it possible, you may end with a delicious taiyaki, a fish-shaped pastry filled with red bean paste or cream served directly from the grill. Regardless of the menu, you will not go home hungry!

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