For those of you who come to Japan you may find that seeing the sights is nice but… you don’t really get the true feeling for it right? Sometimes only seeing just isn’t enough.
If you prefer to try things for yourself you’re in luck: in Japan there are are plenty of workshops and courses where you can try out kimonos or making traditional crafts for yourself.
Of course, when you try on the traditional clothes, you can get a picture to remember it by! If you make a handmade craft, it’ll be a great souvenir from your trip–filled with memories that you wouldn’t have otherwise if you just bought it.
Whatever you try, it’ll leave you with a special memory and a closer understanding of Japanese culture.
– Tea Ceremony Experience –
When you come to Japan of course if you try anything it has to be the tea. But rather than just drink it, you can enjoy the art of Japanese tea ceremony and find a whole new appreciation for this refreshment. At MAIKOYA you can enjoy tea ceremony in a traditional kimono in a 1 hour~1 hour and a half lesson or keep it casual in your own clothes with a quick 30~40 minute lesson.
Reservation: Pre-book or Walk-in
**Make sure that you contact MAIKOYA directly beforehand.
Available language: English, Japanese, Chinese
– Kimono Experience –
After coming all the way to Japan, surely you’ll want to experience wearing a beautiful kimono or yukata (summer kimono), right?
At MAIKOYA kimonos are available for women, men, and children–just inform them before so they can provide accordingly.
Naturally, if you’re going to wear a kimono, you’ll want a hairstyle to accentuate it, right? MAIKOYA offers a hair styling service for women that will match your kimono perfectly!
Check out the various courses:
-Kimono/Yukata & Self Photo Shoot
-Kimono/Yukata & Professional Photo Shoot
-Kimono/Yukata rental: rent the kimono and enjoy a walk around Osaka, sightseeing, and more.
Last but not least, MAIKOYA offers many experiences besides tea ceremony and kimono rental. For example, in our previous blog “Cooking Class–Osaka Style!!” we introduced their traditional Japanese cooking courses.
Make sure to check their official homepage to see all that they offer!
1-22-7 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Times:Depends on the selected course
Fees:From 6,500 JPY/ person
– About a 7 minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
– About a 3 minute walk from Yotsubashi Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
– About a 2 minute walk from Nishinagahori Station on the Osaka Metro Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line
**They are also located in Kyoto!
– Samurai Experience –
When you think of Japan, one of the first things that spring to mind is without a doubt samurai. The image and impact of samurai is so strong even now!
So, why not take a chance at wielding the blade and learning more about this art? At LAST SAMURAI anyone who is eager to learn is welcome. You can dress in a hakama (traditional samurai clothes) while you learn the main points: courtesy and history of samurai, form, zen, and finally practice with an authentic sword.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to do it alone, with a friend, as a family, or in a big group: reservations can be made for up to 15 people! You can enjoy this experience however and with whoever you please.
At the end of your lesson, you get the chance to cut a goza (rolled up matting). Of course, you’ll be able to take photos as well, but LAST SAMURAI will even take a video for you to remember the experience.
Do you have what it takes to become a samurai?
1F, 3-2-4 Ebisunishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates & Times:Mondays, Thursdays~Sundays / 9:30, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30
Fees:10,000 JPY / person
– About a 6 minute walk from JR Shinimamiya Station
– About a 6 minute walk from Osaka Metro Doubutsuenmae Station
③ Mate Art School
– Pottery Experience –
Enjoy pottery and ceramics in Osaka! At Mate Art School there are classes offered with English speaking and Japanese speaking teachers, so no need to worry.
For those just visiting Osaka for a short time, naturally, time is a concern.
So, why not try the “1 day only” courses?
-Painting Class: paint an animal-shaped clock or a traditional Maneki-neko (Literally “beckoning cat”). These items don’t need a glaze, so you can take it home the same day–great souvenirs to bring home.
-Pottery Wheel Course: learn the art of the pottery wheel and practice as much as you like for 1 hour! While these items won’t be fired, instead you can receive a pottery souvenir of Mt. Fuji.
メイト陶芸教室 Mate Art School
2F, 2-4-34 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
– Weekdays: 10:30-12:30, 13:00-15:00, 15:00-17:00, 18:00-20:00, 18:30-20:30, 19:00-21:00
– Weekends: 10:30-12:30, 13:00-15:00, 15:15-17:15
-Deadline for reservation: 14:59 the day before
-English lessons are limited to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, you may request reservations on other days (not guaranteed).
Fees (1 Day Course):
– Forming by hand: 3,500 JPY / person (**must be able to pick up item on a separate day or have it shipped domestically to you)
– Electric Pottery Wheel: 4,500 JPY / person
– Maneki-neko Painting: 3,000 JPY / person
– Original Clock: 4,000 JPY / person
– About a 3 minute walk from Umeda Station West Exit on the Hanshin Line
– About a 3 minute walk from Nishi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
– About a 3 minute walk from JR Osaka Station Sakurabashi Exit and JR Kitashinchi
– About a 5 minute walk from Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
– About a 10 minute walk from Umeda Station on the Hankyu Line
– Weaving Experience –
At SAORI you can make a scarf or table center–all by yourself! Wouldn’t that make a wonderful souvenir to bring back home or a gift for a special someone? You can choose the colors that you want to make a truly one of a kind piece!
It only takes about 2 hours, so you can make it in the morning and still have time for shopping or sightseeing for the rest of the day!
At SAORI you’ll be weaving from scratch–starting with setting the thread itself. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time weaving–they will guide you from start to finish.
1-7-2 Toyosaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
– Deadline for reservations: 2 days before
Days:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday (Sunday and Monday: Reservation only)
Fees:1,500 JPY / person (Does not include the price of materials. Thread: 15.5 JPY / gram)
– About a 10 minute walk from Osaka Umeda Station
– About a 5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Nakazakicho Station
So how about it? Are there any activities you’d like to try for yourself?
Whatever you try, not only will you have pictures and souvenirs, but also great memories to take home too!