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Sake Experience

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Discover the true Japanese spirit

Here your wonder about “WA” will be transformed into “Wow”!!

“WA Experience KAFU” provides you an occasion to be a part of Japan. You will discover Japanese spirit through “Wa” (Japanese) cultural experiences with delight and joy using all five senses. “Wa” spirit means our Japanese love for peace, harmony and nature. We offer the experiences of washoku (Japanese cooking), ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement), tea ceremony and calligraphy for foreign visitors in English. Here your wonder about “Wa” will be transformed into “Wow”!!


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If you can't find the activity you want to try... Hideo exerts himself to find it on behalf of you.  Please tell us ANYTHING you want to experience!!!


Easy access to get around… Our location is so convenient to visit a variety of tourist spots that you can use your limited time effectively.

From JR Kyoto Station

by Train
Take the subway Karasuma Line, transfer to Tozai Line at Karasuma-Oike Sta., and get off at Higashiyama Sta. 3 minutes walk from Exit #1.

by Bus
Take Kyoto City Bus #5 and get off at "Jingumichi" or #100 and get off at "Kyoto-kaikan, bijutsukan-mae" bus stop.


373-26 Horiike-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0038 Japan


KAFU is an abbreviation of the Japanese word “ka-cho-fu-getsu”, indicating “the splendors of nature”. (Ka花: flower=plants, Cho鳥: bird=animals, Fu風: wind=nature, Getsu月: the moon=space) We deeply agree with the idea that nature and human beings should exist in peace and harmony.


Hideo Shoji

Born in Belgrade, Serbia. After graduating from Doshisha University, he worked for an advertising company and received a great number of awards for his superior sales performance. Founded “WA Experience KAFU” with an ambition to propagate Japanese culture overseas. Loves to cook izakaya (Japanese style bar) menu.
Kimiko Yamamoto

Raised in Kyoto. After graduating from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, she studied graphic design in Australia. Began to learn ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) in her university days, influenced by her mother who is a master of ikebana and koto (Japanese harp) and by her aunt who is a master of ikebana and the tea ceremony. She started business of ikebana experience for foreign visitors in 2013 and joined KAFU.
George Maroudis

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting Kafu! My name is George Maroudis, a language teacher and amateur cook from Greece currently living in the beautiful city of Kyoto. I have long had an interest in Japanese culture and language, and actually used to teach Japanese in Athens before moving to Japan in 2011. I always enjoyed cooking and exploring new tastes, but I'm also interested in discovering the cultural background behind local foods. It's fascinating how flavors from completely different origins - the ocean, the mountain, the fields - combine into the balanced harmony that is Japanese cuisine! So why don't you join us and taste for yourself what authentic Japanese food, cooking and hospitality means?


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