8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday / Free
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto contains around 400 works of contemporary art inspired by scenes from the Tale of Genji, the 1,000 year-old master piece considered to be the first Japanese novel. In this tour especially designed for art-lovers, our guide will introduce a selection of these artworks and explain their significance.
Floral Design Class
5 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. on Friday / JPY 4,000 per person
Create stunning flower arrangements in our floral design class. Specialist Christina Tortu florists will reveal the secrets behind their signature style, and show you how to design truly expressive bouquets that bring the beauty of nature into your home.
Handmade Soap Workshop
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Sunday / Free
Try your hand at soap-making at Shabon-ya, Kyoto’s famous purveyors of natural, organic soap. While waiting for your soap to set you can enjoy a relaxing foot-bath in the shop, or sample sweets and green tea in the in-store café.
Japanese Wrapping Art
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday / JPY 3,000 per person
Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport almost anything, from clothes and gifts to food and drink. The special class gives you the opportunity to learn the wrapping techniques required for this practical, fashionable and uniquely Japanese custom.
The Art of Origami
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Monday / Free
Discover the unique Japanese art of paper folding, or origami. In this creative workshop you can learn how to create traditional designs such as paper cranes, or try fun alternatives like jumping frogs or Ninja throwing stars.