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Kyoto is famous for its temples and history, but it is also a cradle for traditional arts and crafts. On this tour you will be able to try two of these art forms hands-on and learn about their development. Start by visiting the solemn Nishi Honganji temple to learn about the close connection between Buddhist tradition and art. After a local lunch, it’s time to try out Yuzen-zome, a centuries-old dyeing technique for kimono cloth, typical of Kyoto. Here you will paint a traditional pattern on a handkerchief that you will be able to keep as a souvenir. After that, move to a “machiya,” the name for traditional wooden townhouses, where an origami master will teach you the basics of the ancient paper-folding art. End your day with a visit the historical geisha district, Gion, and its elegant streets, including a stop at the majestic Yasaka pagoda.
The tour will be mostly outside. Please wear warm clothes.
You may need to sit on the tatami floor in the machiya townhouse, so pants are recommended rather than skirts.