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INTRODUCTION

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 here, we have created a series of carefully selected activities. 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 have to offer. While you are staying with us at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, we want your time to be unforgettable. Why not book an activity today – and let us open the door to a thousand years of tradition. 

HOW TO BOOK

Please reserve by 6 p.m. with any of our Ladies and Gentlemen at the lobby one day prior to the day of the activity. You can also call us at Extension 9 or email us at rc.kyoto.activity@ritzcarlton.com

Please note: If the guest cancels a chargeable activity on the reserved day, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the activity fee. Programs are subject to change without notice.

Morning Chanting Experience

2 hours
JPN 10,000 per group
** Group could be couple, family or friends travelling together. (MAX 6 persons)
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

This activity takes place at Myokaku-ji Temple, where you can witness monks chanting to the accompaniment of Japanese drums. At the end of the chanting session, you will also learn how to play the drums and enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast with the monks for a perfect start to your Kyoto morning.

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Japanese Harp Experience

1 hour
JPN 8,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

The“Koto,”a 13-stringed harp-like Japanese musical instrument has been played in the country since ancient times. Let us immerse you in the beautiful angelic sound of Koto. A professional Koto player will teach you how to play the instrument and you will amaze yourself by joining them in performing a Japanese traditional song at the end of the activity.

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Kyoto Tandem Bike Ride

1 hour - 1.5 hours
Complimentary
Number of person: 2
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

Let us take you on a fun-filled cycling adventure with a friend or loved one. Tandem biking along the riverside and visiting temples is just one more enjoyable way to see the real Kyoto.

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Hike Kyoto

1.5 hours
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Have you ever wondered how the city of Kyoto looks from 500m above sea level? Come hike with us and find out! Leaving your footprints on the mountain will enliven the memory of your favorite moments in Japan. Spend some time amid Japan's natural beauty – it's sure to be a highlight of your vacation.

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Run Kyoto

1 Hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Here’s a fun way to experience Kyoto’s natural and cultural beauty. We have mapped out several running routes that take you past a number of lovely Kyoto landmarks. In this activity, it’s not about the distance, or the speed, but the journey our General Manager and his team invite you to join.

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Cycle Kyoto

1.5 hours
Everyday: 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Complimentary

With its calm streets, Kyoto is an ideal city to explore by bicycle. We offer sightseeing cycle tours to famous places such as Kiyomizu temple, Shimogamo shrine, Heian Jingu shrine, and Fushimi Inari shrine known for its thousands of torii gates. The tour is led by our Guest Activities team who can provide a unique insight into these historic sites.

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Explore Arashiyama

5 hours
JPY 20,000 per person (Includes temple visits, lunch, one hour rickshaw ride and bicycle rental fees)
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Arashiyama is a world-class scenic spot that has for centuries been a place of history and culture in Kyoto. The district is famous for its natural beauty and historical significance, including a bamboo forest, the magnificent view of the Hozu river over the Togetsukyo Bridge and several lovely temples and shrines. We have prepared an original cycling course for you to enjoy Arashiyama in any season. In addition, you can ride a rickshaw to see the beautiful places of this fascinating area. Plan a half day to join this activity and we will take you on a unique and extraordinary experience that will remain in your memory forever.

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Warm-Up Exercise

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

There’s nothing like a little morning exercise for burning off last  night’s extra calories, or setting you up for a day of sightseeing. Let our fitness 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.

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Art Tour

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto contains around 400 works of contemporary art inspired by scenes from the Tale of Genji, the 1,000 year-old masterpiece 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.

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Kimono Experience

1 hour
JPY 7,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

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.

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Kyoto by Rickshaw

2 hours
JPY 17,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Since the Meiji period in the late 1800s, the rickshaw has been used for transportation all over Japan. Today, you have the opportunity to travel through time and experience age-old traditions dressed in a kimono. We have chosen some attractive routes for you to ride a rickshaw through the most authentic and beautiful old streets of Kyoto. This complete experience will bring you memories for a lifetime.

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Sushi Masterclass

1 hour
JPY 3,500 per person
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 2nd Sunday of the month

Don a chef’s apron and learn how to make perfect sushi maki rolls under the expert guidance of Mizuki's sushi chef. Your class ends with a tasting session, giving you the chance to sample your creations.

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Sake Tasting

1 hour
JPY 5,000 per person
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 4th Sunday of the month

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.

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Samurai Experience

1 hour
JPY 10,000 per person
Children under 5 years of age - JPY 5,000
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

In feudal times, samurai warriors practiced the performing art of kenbu (literally “sword dance”) to prepare themselves for battle. In this class you will learn basic kenbu moves with a real samurai sword and dressed in traditional costume. At the end of this activity, a stage performance by a kenbu master will make it a complete experience to remember.

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The Last Samurai

1 hour
JPY 8,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

The samurai armor (yoroi) and helmet (kabuto) are symbols of the legendary warrior class of feudal Japan. Come and feel the sensations that ancient Japanese warriors felt as they dressed for battle in their yoroi and kabuto. This unique experience  will give you a vivid glimpse into Japan’s past and the unbeatable samurai spirit.

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Your Own Zen Garden

1.5 hours
JPY 4,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Japanese Zen gardens combine the basic elements of moss, rocks and white stones to create a tranquil retreat for the mind, and represent the pure beauty of Japan's natural world. Discover the art of miniature Zengarden-making with our master gardener and let your creativity draw the lines of your own personal landscape.

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Washi Umbrella Creation

1.5 hours
JPY 9,000 per person
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

For centuries, washi paper umbrellas have been a popular fashion accessory, as well as an essential part of tea ceremony, kabuki and other important Japanese customs. Come and learn the ancient art of making traditional paper umbrellas, in a class taught by members of a fifth-generation Kyoto craftsman family.

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Japanese Wrapping Art

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport almost anything, from clothes and gifts to food and drink. This special class gives you the opportunity to learn the wrapping techniques required for this practical, fashionable and uniquely Japanese custom.

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Origami and Play

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

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.

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Handmade Soap Workshop

1.15 hours
Complimentary
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Sundays

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 sample sweets and green tea in the in-store café.

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Friendly Balloons

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

What’s more fun than a balloon? How about a balloon shaped like a rabbit or a lion? Join this special balloon art class and learn how to make balloon animals and other great shapes with just a few twists and turns.

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Sticky Fingers

1 hour
JPY 3,500 per person
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 5th Sunday of the month

Exquisitely crafted wagashi sweets have been enjoyed in Japan 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.

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Japanese Sweets

1 hour
JPY 3,500 per person
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month

Exquisitely crafted wagashi sweets have been enjoyed in Japan 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.

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Ritz Kids Treasure Hunt

1 hour
Complimentary
This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability

Seven Buddha statues are hiding somewhere in the hotel – and it’s up to you to find them, using the secret treasure map. Take part in our treasure hunt challenge and you’ll get a special gift of your own.

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Ritz Kids Night

1.5 hours
Complimentary
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., everyday

Life is full of discoveries, starting from the earliest years. At our special children’s evening program, we like to combine fun with valuable learning experiences. Enjoy a quiet dinner in one of our excellent restaurants and let us be the guardians of your little loved ones. This program is especially designed for children aged 4 to 12.

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