THE RITZ-CARLTON, KYOTO

Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0902 Japan
Phone:  +81 75 746 5555   •  Map & Directions
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Attractions



Kyoto is a city steeped in history and culture, where artisans practice craft skills passed down in an unbroken line for centuries. To help you make the most of your time in Kyoto, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto offers a series of carefully selected activities for guests.

From food classes and cycling tours to craft workshops and events for children, these activities are designed to help you explore our culture, and discover the very best our city and The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has to offer.

Advanced reservation by 6 p.m. one day prior to the day of the activity is required. If the guest cancels a chargeable activity on the reserved day, the cancellation charge will be 100% of activity fee. Prgrams are subject to change without notice.

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Art and Craft

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Art Tour
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Cooking and Tasting

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Sushi Master Class
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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 2nd Sunday of the month / JPY 3,500 per person
Don a chef’s apron and learn how to make perfect sushi maki rolls under the expert guidance of MIzuki sushi chef. Your class ends with a tasting session, giving you the chance to sample your creations.
Japanese Sweets
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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 1st Sunday of the month / JPY 3,500 per person
Exquisitely crafted wagashi sweets have been enjoyed in Japanese since ancient times. In this workshop, Japanese sweets artisans will teach you the art of creating your own traditional Japanese confectionery, which you can enjoy with a cup of matcha tea.
Sake Tasting
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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 4th Sunday of the month / JPY 5,000 per person
Sample a variety of premium sakes and learn more about the processes and techniques behind Japan’s national drink in this tasting masterclass, led by our experienced in-house sommelier. Drinks are accompanied by light snacks.
Matcha Tea Experience
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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on 3rd Sunday of the month / JPY 5,000 per person
Kyoto’s Ippodo Tea Company has been providing the highest quality Japanese matcha green tea for almost three centuries. Take a tour of Ippodo’s famous head shop where you can prepare your own matcha tea and enjoy it with a traditional Japanese sweet.

Japanese Culture

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Kimono Experience
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1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday / JPY 7,000 per person
Immerse yourself in history as you stroll through the old streets of Kyoto dressed in a traditional kimono. As part of the experience we will be happy to help you to choose your favorite colors, patterns, and designs of kimono.
Samurai Experience
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4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday / JPY 8,000 per person
In feudal times, samurai warriors practiced the performing art of kenbu (literally “sword dace”) to prepare themselves for battle. In this class you will learn basic kenbu moves using a real samurai sword while dressed in traditional costume, before enjoying a stage performance by a kenbu master.

Tour and Relaxation

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Cycle Kyoto
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8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday / Free
With its calm streets, Kyoto is an ideal city to explore by bicycle. We offer sightseeing cycle tours to famous places such as the Shimogamo and Heian Jingu shrines, led by experts who can provide a unique insight into these historic sites. This activity will take place depending on weather conditions. The final decision will be made in the morning of the activity day.
Morning Warm-Up
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8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday / Free
There’s nothing like a little morning exercise for burning off las night’s extra calories, or setting you up for a day of sightseeing. Let our spa team guide you through a gentle warm-up session guaranteed to leave you feeling invigorated, refreshed and ready for everything your day has to offer.