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Learn Japanese History through Incense


Test Your Ability to Distinguish Different Incense Smells with a Traditional Game #cc1000105

  • Discover Kodo (Koh-Do) incense ceremony with a master who has studied incense for 30 years
  • Play a traditional inscence game that has its origins in the Muromachi period
  • Get exclusive access to an influential local temple that’s off limits to visitors
  • 2 hour total

  • English

  • Age 12+

  • 3 〜 8




Your adventure starts once you gather in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, where the temple is located. Since participants of this event will get to gain access to interior parts of the temple that are out of bounds to tourists, the temple's name won't be released here for privacy reasons -- all the more reason for you to join the workshop. Once at the temple, get a whiff of various fragrant incenses, put your nose to the test, and see if you can properly tell them apart by playing a traditional game that hails all the way back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573). To help you gain the most from this workshop, Ms Iwasaki, an expert on Kodo who has been honing her craft for 30 years, will also explain clearly the features of each incense, the similarities and differences between them, and most intriguingly, the stories that led to their production. Certainly, an inspired way to pick up nuggets of Japanese history in context. All in all, this is a workshop carefully designed to stimulate your five senses, cleanse your worries away and soothe your soul with an inviting aura of warmth and energy. Just remember to use perfume and hand cream sparingly so that your nose isn't distracted!

  • Meet in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa and be taken to the temple.

  • Meet your host, Ikumi Murayama, who has studied incense for 30 years.

  • Learn about the different types of incense and their history.

  • See if you can distinguish the different scents.


  • Duration


  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    3 〜 8

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price


  • Things to bring

    Please don't wear anything with a strong scent such as perfume, cologne, or hand cream. Please wear socks or bring a pair with you (socks must be worn inside the temple).

  • Meeting Point

  • Additional Info


/ guest
Children: Free Infants: Free

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