Kyoto Experience

KOB 124-201
  • Learn about the arts and crafts that originated in Kyoto
  • Make your own souvenirs – dyed handkerchief and origami
  • Feel the traditional Kyoto with a walk in Gion – the historical Geisha district
Program Overview
Country: Japan
Depart: 01/25/2017 0915
Return: 01/25/2017 1845
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min. 20 / Max. 35
Program Fee
$282 (early booking: $266)

Field Work Conflicts
  • SPCM 332: Interpersonal Communication Skill
  • ECON 204:  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MGT 320: Contemporary Management Principles/Practices
  • ART 100: Introduction to the Visual Arts (Section 1)
  • JTC 416: Global Communication Technologies
  • IE 272: World Interdependence – Current Global Issues (Migration)

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.

Meals Included


Special Note

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.