Try on a kimono and take part in a tea ceremony at a beautifully preserved merchant house in Kyoto.
Kept in the same family for 13 generations, the Tondaya is a classic example of a Meiji village house from the machiya period. Located in the Nishijin textile district in Kyoto, the house was built as a textile shop with very old houses. There are three warehouses, six small gardens reflecting the seasons, a tea ceremony room, and an annex where noh performances were once held.
Today the machiya is set up as a living museum and visitors can participate in hands-on cultural experiences that Only One Travel can book as part of any visit to Kyoto. You will begin with a tour of the beautifully preserved machiya and its antiquities before having the opportunity to choose an exquisite kimono to try.
While wearing the kimono, you can participate in a short tea ceremony and then a bento lunch.