Experience Japanese Calligraphy & Tea Ceremony at a Traditional House in Nagoya

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2.5 hours
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 6
Your Experience at a Glance

As soon as you step inside, you’ll be transported back to the enchanting era of traditional Japanese houses, where you’ll encounter delightful features like tatami mats, Shoji paper walls, and Japanese gardens that have become increasingly rare in modern times. In this serene setting, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture through activities like calligraphy and tea ceremony, all while gaining a deeper understanding of its rich history. This truly unique experience is sure to be a highlight of your visit to Japan.

Experience Price

16500 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

12 min. walk from Tsurumai Station

End Location

12 min. walk from Tsurumai Station

Start Time and Duration

9:00 – 11:30 (2.5 hours)

14:00 – 16:30 (2.5 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Conversational ★★☆☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Calligraphy utensils, papers
  • Welcome drink, Matcha tea, sweets

Price Excludes

  • Souvenirs

Additional Information

  • Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible
What You'll Do

Experience “Japanese calligraphy” and “tea ceremony” at a “kominka”, a Japanese traditional farmhouse, in Nagoya.  Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Explanation about the Sengoku Period: 

To deepen your understanding of Japanese culture, we’ll begin with a 15-minute presentation accompanied by an easy-to-follow slideshow on Nagoya during the Sengoku period. This historical explanation will provide valuable insights for those with a basic knowledge of history.

  1. Japanese Calligraphy: 

Start by dripping water onto the ink stone and slowly grinding down the ink stick, allowing the unique scent and serene ambiance to enhance your focus. After mastering the fundamentals of brush handling and strokes, you’ll have the opportunity to select meaningful symbols and designs from our collection. As a souvenir of this wonderful experience, we’ll frame a clean copy of your calligraphy work for you to take home.

  1. Tea Ceremony: 

Next, we’ll guide you to the tranquil tea room, where you’ll be introduced to the artful arrangement of the space and the various utensils used in the tea ceremony. First, you will try the Matcha tea as a guest which will be served by the host. Once you’ve acclimated to the serene atmosphere, you’ll have the chance to partake in the ceremonial act of serving tea yourself, allowing your mind to find tranquility and fully embrace the spirit of the tea ceremony.

  • Learn about Japanese history and culture
  • Learn Japanese calligraphy, we’ll frame your best work as a free souvenir
  • Enjoy a Tea ceremony in an authentic dark and calm tea room
Your Experience Step by Step

1Meeting at the traditional farmhouse

We will welcome you to “CHONOYA” located 15min by taxi from Nagoya Station in central Nagoya.

2 Explanation of Japanese history and culture

This will help you understand the relationship among Samurai, Tea ceremony, and Zen.

3Japanese calligraphy

You will grind Sumi ink sticks to make liquid Sumi ink and practice 8 basic strokes. After choosing your favorite Kanji character, you can make as many pieces of work as you like.

4Tea ceremony

In the dark and calm tea room, you will experience the authentic tea procedures and you can make your own Matcha tea using the tea wisk.


We will prepare souvenirs for you to remember this wonderful experience, as well as the calligraphy work written by you, which is also a free souvenir!

6Closing up

We will take a picture in front of the entrance and say goodbye.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Yuzo and Kumiko

We want everyone in the world to experience Japanese traditional culture with the same care and detail as we experienced in our childhood. With this mission in mind, the husband-and-wife team of Yuzo and Kumiko have opened Chonoya to welcome visitors of all ages from around the world. Both grew up in Nagoya and now live in Tokyo. The husband Yuzo loves to play Beatles songs on the guitar. The wife Kumiko loves Japanese culture such as cooking and kimono.

All instructions and guide materials are written in English, and both Yuzo and Kumiko will do their best to communicate verbally in basic English as well. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Your Experience in Pictures

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