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Six Senses Kyoto

Experiences in the ancient city of Kyoto

As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto was home to a flourishing art and cultural scene that continues to evolve as part of its rich and vibrant heritage. There is so much to explore so arrive curious!

The Art of Dashi with Chef Harada

Guided by an esteemed dashi guru in Kyoto, learn the secrets of crafting the perfect dashi broth, a quintessential building block of Japanese culinary traditions, followed by an exclusive dinner in his sought-after restaurant that only serves one group of guests a day.

Ritualistic Cleaning and Meditation at Ryosokuin Temple

Immerse yourself in the world of Buddhist mindfulness at Ryosoku-in temple. Led by the deputy abbot, engage in the ritual cleansing of the gardens and experience the interconnectedness of a clear mind and environment. Follow this with a serene meditation session and savor calming tea and sweets in the tranquil temple setting. Carry home the wisdom of inner and outer purification.

Beyond Sand and Rocks – into the World of Zen Gardens

Explore the world of Zen gardens with Sone Zoen, the custodian of many of Kyoto’s most cherished temple gardens. Understand how this minimalistic garden ethos underpins one of the most important aspects of Japanese Zen culture. You will also enjoy a hands-on experience to create your dry landscape, together with a mediation session complete with the serenity of traditional matcha and wagashi.

Run or Jog Beyond the Tourist Trail

Explore off-the-beaten-path spots in Kyoto through the rhythm of your feet with our guided running session that unveils the city's hidden gems, far from the bustling tourist crowds.

Shodo – Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Learn the art of Shodo calligraphy, the art of writing with ink and brush, to create intricate, pictorial characters or highly detailed, precise works of scripture. The art came from China thousands of years ago, and has been passed down as an aristocratic pastime, a scholarly skill, and a traditional art. It is calming way to pause and disconnect.

Furoshiki Workshop – the Art of Traditional Wrapping

Master the art of traditional Japanese wrapping with Furoshiki, a traditional Japanese cloth used for wrapping, which dates back more than 1,200 years. It was first used for preserving the valuables of the emperors. Today, it is seeing a revival as a sustainable and beautiful way to wrap gifts for your loved ones.

A Moment of Zen - Fragrant Incense Pouch Workshop

Gain a deeper understanding of Japanese incense culture, the therapeutic benefits of fragrance, and the intricate craftsmanship involved in creating Nioi Bukuro fragrant incense pouches to take home.

Stitching Serenity - Discover the Art of Sashiko

Stitch your way to happiness as you learn the traditional techniques and patterns of Sashiko.

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