Take a Japanese Traditional Dance Class in Kyoto

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In a beautiful northern suburb of Kyoto you will experience a Japanese traditional dance, "Four Seasons of Kyoto," which depicts Kyoto's scenery in all four seasons. Yukata and a fan will be available to use during the lesson.

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  • Visit a tatami room in a Japanese traditional house in an old neighborhood of Kyoto
  • Learn the history and brief explanation about Japanese traditional dance.
  • Wear a Japanese Yukata (summer kimono)
  • Practice a dance piece, "Four Seasons of Kyoto," with step by step instructions.
  • Take a video or photos of yourself in yukata

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Iwakura Jissoin Temple, Kyoto

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What you need to bring

If you want to take a video and photo shoots of your dance, please bring your own camera and video.

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

Iori is a dancer and an instructor of Japanese Traditional Dance. Iori's dance classes are offered at her home studio in a quiet neighborhood of Iwakura, a northern suburb of Kyoto city.

Iori became a Natori, or a licensed teacher in the school of Seiha Wakayagi in 2014.

Iori also has a master's degree in Art Leadership from the Seattle University, and a certificate of graduate studies in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
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Reviews (7)

  • Argelia Argelia

    Dance in Kioto

    Very nice experience!! Lory is very kindly and great gest!! Very recommended!!

  • Abigail Abigail

    Amazing experience & wonderful teacher!

    I had the most amazing morning with Lori! Learning about the dance was so interesting and her kimonos were beautiful! Lori's house was art work in it self. I would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the Japanese traditional dancing. I would say this is my favourite thing I did in Japan on my trip.

  • Natalia Natalia

    Absolutely amazing in sooo many ways

    It was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone. Not only people interested in dancing. Before I met Iori (the host) I didn't know much about Japanese Dance but she told me a lot about it and she also patiently answered all my questions (not only about dancing). Furthermore Iori is a wonderful person and it was a pleasure to spend the evening in her company.
    Absolutely awesome!

  • Irene Irene

    Beautiful and culturally rich experience

    Learning traditional dance was so much fun and Iori was truly a masterful dancer. She is a lovely patient teacher who provides a personal and authentic experience. Both Iori and her partner are welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend this activity!

  • suet kwan suet kwan

    Amazing experience!

    Thank you Iori for bringing us such an amazing experience! She was patient in teaching us and explained very detailed even though time is limited. I highly recommend her class if you like to experience Japanese traditional culture!

  • Geetha Geetha

    Wonderful dance experience!

    My sister and I went for Iori's dance class. She showed us how to wear a yukata and thought us a lovely Japanese dance routine. We also had a very interesting chat with her husband regarding yoga and meditation. Iori and her husband were absolutely wonderful! Thank you very much to the both of you for this amazing experience. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Alice Alice