6 Recommended Places in Tokyo for Experiencing Japanese Culture
At long last you’re in Japan. There are lots of people who would like to have a firsthand experience of Japanese culture. This article will introduce recommended courses for easily experiencing Japanese culture. You can brag about it to everyone when you return home.
1. Japanese Cultural Experience Plan (Asakusa Jidai-ya)
Preparation is absolutely unnecessary so with just the clothes on your back you can easily experience Japanese culture with Asakusa Jidai-ya’s “Japanese Cultural Experience Plan”. There are a wide range of plans like the “Tea Ceremony Enjoyment Plan” while wearing a kimono, a plan for pulling or riding on the man-powered rickshaws, a plan for appreciating the traditional performing arts and theatre such as Tsugaru-jamisen and koto. Designing traditional Japanese lighting like paper lanterns with your favorite characters and your name is also quite popular. The “Kimono experience (makeover play) comes with a photo souvenir. A reservation is required beforehand so be sure to make an inquiry as soon as your travel plans are finalized.
◆Please confirm details such as the amount of each plan via the homepage / Reservation required.
2. Taiko Experience (Taiko Class TAIKO-LAB Aoyama)
The amazing intensity of Taiko (Japanese drum) resounds in the pit of your stomach. You can easily enjoy your experience of that traditional Japanese musical instrument at this class where you can bang on the Taiko to with all your strength while working up a good sweat. Wouldn’t you like to have a Taiko experience which fuses music and sport? This “TAIKO-LAB” has classes outside of Aoyama in Asakusa, Kyoto, North Osaka, and in various other areas in the Kanto and Kansai region.
◆ 1 hour is 5,000JPY (tax included) / Reservation required.
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3. Bonsai Experience (Shunkaen Bonsai Museum)
Expressing a natural landscape inside a tiny bowl is bonsai. This traditional art is the growing of trees and shrubs then carefully trimming the leaves, branches, trunks etc to create an enjoyable balance and appearance. At Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, they offer a bonsai experience class. Beginners can receive courteous guidance, and in addition tools such as scissors, soil, wire are prepared for you so even travelers can have a carefree experience. There is also a chartered bus that you can take for a tour of the bonsai gardens.
◆ Every Sunday (at your desired time slot between 10am to 5pm) /3,000JPY (tax-included) / Reservation required.
※Special admission fee is required.
4. Tsukiji Market Field Trip, Sushi Making (True Japan Tours)
Tsukiji market, also known as “Tokyo’s Kitchen”. With various seafood on display and the atmosphere overflowing with liveliness characteristic of the marketplace, it’s a hugely popular place among tourists. For this course, you will receive explanations from a Tsukiji expert guide while you walk and you can have fun shopping. Of course English and Chinese are available as well as French, Spanish and so on. You can have peace of mind knowing that the information and interpretation guides all receive national qualifications in the respective languages. For the field trips, you can also experience making sushi.
◆18,000 per person (tax-included) / Approximately 4.5 hours long / Reservation Required.
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5. Maiko and Geisha Transformation Experience (Cocomo)
In Asakusa there is a plan that allows you to transform into a Maiko or a Geisha. Apart from the main photo course, there are also courses where you can take photos whilst strolling through Asakusa, its outskirts, and plenty of other options. Since there are lockers prepared, you can entrust your hand luggage and travel bags to them and stroll through the streets of Asakusa fully transformed. The photos are full color that you receive the same day so perhaps that very night at your lodging, you can have exciting conversations while showing off your photos!
◆Please confirm details such as the amount of each plan via the homepage / Reservation required
6. Ninja Experience (Musashi Ichizoku)
This plan lets you experience the ninja technique with interpretation included. You can study in-depth, the foundations and manners of Japanese martial arts like giving thanks at the entrance to the dojo and so forth. You perform meditation in order to search deep within yourself and you can also look at genuine weapons used by ninjas. This experience of the world of ninjas is recommended for persons who would like to come in contact with Japan’s traditional martial arts.
◆Foundation technique course (E-01-A) : 15,000JPY per person/Approximately 2 hours long/Reservation required.
※ Please check the homepage for details including other courses.
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Was there a plan that you’d like to experience? These are not only for tourists but for anyone who would like to experience traditional culture. Create some fantastic memories of your trip!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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