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KYOTO, JAPAN, August 25, 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is pleased to announce that it is now offering guests three new Japanese cultural experiences, allowing visitors to Japan’s ancient capital an opportunity to have first-hand experience of the traditions and sights that make Kyoto one of the most culturally-rich cities in the world.

Kyoto is a city where artisans practice rare skills, passed down through kin over the course of centuries. To help guests gain insight into these ancient traditions, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto created special activities such as the “Samurai Experience,” in which participants perform a Japanese sword dance called kembu, and “Your Own Zen Garden,” in which participants learn to make their own miniature bonsai plants.

And now, due to popular demand, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is now expanding its range of offerings to three new immersive experiences that are now available:

The Kyoto Tandem Bike Ride takes guests on a fun-filled cycling adventure around Kyoto with a friend or loved one. Tandem biking along the riverside and visiting temples is one of the most enjoyable ways to see the real Kyoto.

With the Japanese Harp Experience, guests are invited to learn how to play the “Koto,” a 13-stringed harp-like ancient Japanese musical instrument. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto connects guests with a professional Koto player instructing them on how to create beautiful, angelic music with the instrument. Guests will be amazed to find that they will be able to perform a traditional Japanese song by the end of the experience.

Morning Chanting Experience takes place at Myokaku-ji Temple, where guests can witness monks chanting to the beat of Japanese drums. At the end of the chanting session, guests will learn how to play the drums and enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast with the monks, for the perfect start to a Kyoto morning.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto invites guests to explore the very best of Kyoto with these new distinct activities:

■          Kyoto Tandem Bike Ride
Number of persons: 2
Duration:                  1 hour - 1.5 hours
Fee:                          Complimentary

 This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

■          Japanese Harp Experience
Duration: 1 hour
Fee:  ¥8,000/person (or approximately USD 73)

This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

■          Morning chanting Experience
Available time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Transportation: Bicycle or Car
Fee: ¥10,000/group (or approximately USD 92)*
*Group could be couple, family or friends travelling together.
(MAX 6 persons)

This activity is arranged upon request and subject to availability.

For reservations and inquiries:
TEL: +81-(0)75-746-5555