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
My time and private guiding service during the tour. It also includes my own expenses (transportation to and from the meeting place, lunch and entrance fees).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4300 JPY - Tea Ceremony (option): 2800JPY
Tasting wagashi sweets (option): 1000JPY
Entrance fees to the Garden, Tea Ceremony or Tasting of local sweets.
Optional Transportation costs.
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.