Traditional Garden and Japanese Wagashi Sweets
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and discover the traditional food and gardens in the Ancient capital of Japan. Through visiting a garden, a sweet cafe and a teahouse, you can learn about tea as an "integrated art", which links with various parts of Japanese culture; garden, paintings, architecture, sweets, and flower arrangement.
Highlights of the tour include:
- "Isui-en" traditional garden
- Todaiji temple and Nara park
- Tea Ceremony with hand-made tea utensil
- "Kashiya" sweet tasting with a professional chef.
Isuien consists of two parts; a front garden and a rear garden. The history of the front garden dates back to the mid 17th century with a villa, and the back part is a strolling garden with a large tea house that offers lunches and sweets.
You can also select options either visiting Kashiya, a sweets cafe or a tea house to learn about tea ceremony. Sitting at the counter of Kashiya, you can watch as the skilled chef makes artistic sweets at a Edo-period traditional house.
Combine a stroll in the park with a Traditional Tea Ceremony or Kashiya sweet tasting!
We meet in Nara station to start our half-day tour in the ancient capital of Japan.
Our first stop will be "Isui-en" traditional garden, then based on your interests and availability we can visit one of the following attractions:
- Tea ceremony
- Wagashi sweets tasting
- Nara Park and Todaiji Temple
It's possible to combine more than one experience in a Full-day tour (contact me for a Customized Tour).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Kintetsu Nara station
End location: Kintetsu Nara station
Duration: 4 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4300 JPY - Tea Ceremony (option): 2800JPY
Tasting wagashi sweets (option): 1000JPY
I do not have a license to drive my own car. If you rent a car by yourself at Kyoto station or JR Nara station, then I can drive the car, or I can also arrange for a taxi with a driver.