Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

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Discover the beauty of Japanese calligraphy

Calligraphy is a traditional Japanese art form steeped in history, where skilled practitioners express their inner selves through their brushstrokes. In this experience, you will have the chance to create your own calligraphy surrounded by the calming scent of ink. Within a historic temple, shrine, or garden in Japan, receive instruction by a top calligrapher who has exhibited at Japan's most prestigious exhibitions.

Highlights of the Experience

A skilled master calligrapher will guide you through the history of calligraphy, explain the origins of characters, and demonstrate how to use the tools of the art.

Suitable even for beginners — learn calligraphy with traditional tools and easy-to-follow guidance.

Watch a master calligrapher showcase their skills in a live calligraphy demonstration. See traditional techniques in action and immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture.


60–90 minutes




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Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple, Hamarikyu Gardens, Rikugien Gardens, and more


Be taught by a master calligrapher

A top master calligrapher will explain in detail the history of calligraphy, the origins of hiragana, kanji, and other characters, and the use of calligraphy tools to participants. Using a brush, calligraphy is a way of expressing one's emotions, such as passion and peacefulness. Through calligraphy, participants can experience traditional Japanese culture.

Putting heart and soul into one's writing

Participants will learn the basic posture and proper way to sit while writing, and those who are new to calligraphy will receive personalized guidance. Not only will you learn how to write, but you will also gain an understanding of the essence and spirit of calligraphy. Get the chance to practice writing characters and write your favorite ones on handheld fans to take home as a souvenir. This class can accommodate up to 100 participants, and additional staff will be available as needed.

Building rapport and camaraderie through teamwork

Participants will be divided into groups of 5–10 for a collaborative calligraphy experience. Under the guidance of the instructor, they will learn to write characters on large sheets of paper in a dynamic and balanced manner to create a beautiful piece of art. This is a unique teambuilding opportunity that allows participants to bond and create an artwork as a group. At the end of the workshop, participants can take home their completed calligraphy pieces as souvenirs of the experience.

Learn calligraphy from a master calligrapher using traditional techniques

Watch a master calligrapher in action as they perform live calligraphy using a large brush and paper. You will be able to observe up close as they put their entire body into their brushstrokes in a spectacular display of skill and showmanship. Witness the power and beauty of Japanese calligraphy in the setting of historic temples and gardens.

Special plans tailored to your needs

We can customize this experience to meet your specific needs. A popular request is to have a master calligrapher write participants' names in kanji characters on the spot, providing a unique connection to Japanese history. Alternatively, delve deeper into the world of calligraphy with a special viewing of a master's award-winning work at a calligraphy exhibition. We will work with you to create the best plan based on the purpose of the experience and the number of participants.

Our dedicated coordinators will propose the best cultural experiences for you,

customized to your needs.