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Authentic Artisan Experiences in Tokyo

Our tours are led by authentic artisans, monks, and geisha, offering unique experiences.  This sets us apart from the tourist-centric shows commonly found in other tours. 

We have experienced all the tours ourselves. Receiving direct instruction from authentic artisans and monks and enjoying conversations with them and the geisha was truly enjoyable and profoundly moving. We would love for everyone to experience this valuable and fantastic opportunity.

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ZEN

Zen Meditation
at Denchuji Temple since 1628 

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KUM

Kumihimo Braiding
at Domyo Studio since 1652 

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KAG

Kagurazaka Street Walk
The Hidden Gems in Shinjuku, Tokyo

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UKI

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing
at Oldest Studio

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GEI

Geisha Entertainment
Kagurazaka Geisha since 1788 

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IZA

Izakaya (Pub) Tour
The Hidden Gems Pubs at Kagurazaka

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SAM

Samurai Sword Training
at Musashinokuni Mugaikai since 1693

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DYE

Dyeing Studio
at Some no sato Ochiai since 1920

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KIG

KIGUMI MUSEUM
Traditional Construction Techniqe Since 670

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SAK

Sakura tour
at Hidden Spot in Kagurazaka area

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Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing at Takahashi Studio

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing in Tokyo

Takahashi Studio, established in 1855, is Japan's oldest and most prestigious ukiyo-e workshop. Enjoy a valuable ukiyo-e-making experience alongside Authentic ukiyo-e artisans.

This is a completely private tour. You will not be combined with other groups.

Zen Meditation at Denchuji Temple since 1628 

Zen Meditation in Tokyo

Denchuji Temple, established in 1628, is a historic Soto Zen temple. Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Edo shogunate, named it.

 

The temple has deep connections with the head temple of the Soto school, Eiheiji Temple in Fukui Prefecture, with the former head monk serving at Eiheiji.

 

The monks provide direct guidance in English for Zen meditation. They also offer Chair Zen for those who cannot cross their legs, children, or people with physical disabilities.

This is a completely private tour. You will not be combined with other groups.

Kumihimo Braiding at Domyo Studio since 1652 

Kumihimo Braiding in Tokyo

Founded in 1652, Domyo is a historic studio near Yushima Tenjin in Ueno.

 

Domyo specialized in making traditional Japanese braids known as Kumihimo, indispensable for samurai swords. Kumihimo served as a form of mental discipline and a side job for samurai, passing down the technique through generations.

 

With the end of the Edo period, the demand for Kumihimo shifted to women's kimono obi ties.

Check availability for each tour.