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Experience the Elegant Art of Kabuki Calligraphy in Kyoto



Absorb the Aura of Kyoto's Kabuki Streets and Express Yourself through Calligraphy #cc1000076

  • Take a new look at Kabuki theatre, by recreating the art through calligraphy.
  • Learn Kanteiryu calligraphy at a teahouse in Miyagawa Town, a history district where you can often find geisha as they stroll through town.
  • A chance to pick calligraphy for your own name, or learn how to say and write your favorite characters.
  • 2 hour total

  • English, Japanese

  • Any Age

  • 2 〜 8



My name is Koji Kawabata, but because of my deep and unyielding love for the Kanteiryu school of calligraphy, I prefer to go by Kanteiryu Zarefude instead. Although I learned calligraphy from a young age, I actually stopped honing my craft during high school and college. But I guess you can say that calligraphy's in my blood because when I was searching for meaning in my life, I stumbled upon Kanteiryu - and was mesmerized by its aesthetically pleasing and artistic style. Thus, I excitedly took up Kanteiryu classes. My charismatic teacher guided us to practise Kanteiryu with an open mind so that we could learn better by observing him critically. His nurturing teaching style really enhanced my passion for Kanteiryu calligraphy. Since then, I have continued to practice Kanteiryu calligraphy, now entering my tenth years. I just love how the characters look like exquisite paintings and bring to mind the elaborate art form of kabuki. Hence, what better way to express the emotions evoked by kabuki than Kanteiryu calligraphy!

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Immerse yourself in a side of Kyoto that is off the beaten path as you take a leisurely stroll down the streets that showcase the kabuki buildings that helped Kyoto gain its stellar reputation as Japan's cultural capital. Enjoy its calming theatrical atmosphere and gather inspiration for your upcoming Kanteiryu calligraphy session. Next, after your historical stroll, tuck into delicious tea and snacks at a fashionable cafe. While you replenish your energy, and digest your observations about the tour, listen to an intriguing explanation about the history of Kanteiryu calligraphy. Then, with your mind stimulated and your body satisfied, you will get hands-on practice with this calligraphy style by writing your own name. (Of course, you can choose to write seasonal phrases or even your favorite word!) You will be pleasantly surprised at how Kanteiryu calligraphy turns your name into a spectacular painting. Bring your masterpiece home to impress your family and friends - and don't forget the calligraphic pen so that you can practise calligraphy on your own!

  • This experience is held in a cosy cafe in Miyagawacho.

  • Meet your host, Koji!

  • Koji will teach you about the history of Kanteiryu calligraphy.

  • Pick your favorite kanji character or you can ask the host your name in kanji.

  • Numbers have simple kanji so you'll learn those first to practice.

  • Let's get started! The concept of the class is "Do not wait to be taught, just try!"



  • Duration


    (10:00 〜 12:00)

    * Time may vary, not including transportation time

  • Access

    Take the JR Nara Line to Tofukuji Station.
    Change to the Keihan Main Line and get off Gion-Shijyo Station. (approx. 20 minutes from Kyoto Station)

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 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

Experience, Insurance, Interpreter, Tea and Cake, Calligraphy Materials


  • Things to bring

    Just bring yourself

  • Meeting Point

    Keihan Gionshijyo Station

  • Additional Info

    Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.


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