Tokyo: Traditional Japanese Calligraphy Experience

Tokyo: Traditional Japanese Calligraphy Experience

From $89.30 per person

Discover the soul of Japanese culture during a traditional calligraphy experience with a master of the art. You’ll learn about the ancient art of shodo from a calligraphy master and practice under his guidance. Take home a souvenir photo of your visit.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, French, Japanese
Private group


  • Enjoy a calligraphy lecture by Eikaku Matsumura, a master in the art
  • Learn about and experience calligraphy with expert guidance
  • Write your own Japanese calligraphy
Full description
Learn about Japanese calligraphy, the essence of traditional Japanese culture, on this 2-hour activity in Tokyo. Try your hand at the art of shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, which was passed on from China during the 6th and 7th centuries, at which time the Japanese learned how to make brushes, ink, and paper. Soon after its introduction, it became an indispensable skill for educated nobles and samurai, the leaders of Japan. Over time, the appreciation spread to the general public, and now can be found not only as works of art, but also on New Year's cards and writings for other special occasions. During this calligraphy experience, under the guidance of the master calligrapher Eikaku Matsumura, you’ll learn about and then experience calligraphy firsthand. Mr. Eikaku Matsumura, known for his elaborate and ingenious style, is well regarded and in high demand in advertising, television, and other fields. He was also a part of the 2011 film, 1,778 Stories of Me and My wife, in which he provided professional guidance to the singer and actor Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of SMAP fame. You’ll find him to be a charming and approachable master, sincerely eager to facilitate a unique and memorable Japanese experience for you!
  • Japanese calligraphy lesson and guided practice
  • Use of all materials required for Japanese calligraphy
  • Photos to remember the occasion by, including of you practicing calligraphy
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation costs
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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Meeting point

Umeyashiki station ticket gates (about 15 minutes from Shinagawa station)

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  • Please add ¥3,000 to the tour price for hotel pick-up
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So much fun!

We were greeted warmly at a nearby train station by our local translator. The calligraphy teacher was very pleasant to work with. He showed us some basic movements and guided us through the whole process. He explained why the movements were done the way they were. We were given photographs and a video of us writing our chosen word. I would recommend this experience to anyone wanting to do traditional Japanese calligraphy.

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June 30, 2019

We stayed about two weeks in Tokyo and had a lot of impressive insights in Japanese culture. One of the highlights has been this calligraphy session. It started with our guide Sachiko waiting for us patiently for a pick up at the railway station (sorry again for being late 45 minutes on our side!). Afterwards Matsumura Eikaku showed to us his philosophy of artful writing. This ranged from writing traditional Chinese letters to a presentation of a personal artistic way of doing calligraphie that literally took our breath away. We will do our best to conserve this special awareness of creating letters and promise to write more carefully in our own language. Thank you very much for this wonderful experience as well as for the photo documentation! Warm regards from Vienna, Teresa & Robert

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January 9, 2020

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