Wakalture Experience
Wakalture Experience
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Lessons & WorkshopsCooking Classes
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Wakana teaches you the real Japanese culture such as traditional calligraphy, cooking, Origami, Tsumami-zaiku etc... Wakana is a licensed calligrapher and having over 20 years of experience!! At the calligraphy class, you will write your favorite word with your name in Japanese. Of course, you can take them home as a souvenir:) Udon making class comes with either Calligraphy, Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) making or Origami folding class. You make Udon from scratch! While we let Udon dough sit 1-1.5 hours, you'll experience one more Japanese culture. It's located in my local area close to both Akihabara and Ueno:) More cultural classes are available!! Please check my website for more details or just ask me:)
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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  • Silvana S
    2 contributions
    Awesome Experience!
    This was one of my family's favorite experiences in Japan! We chose the cooking/calligraphy combination class and loved it. The class was held in an apartment and solely my family was in attendance. Our instructor, Wakana, first taught us how to prepare udon noodles from scratch. While we waited for the dough to rest, she taught us about calligraphy and how to write our favorite word. She was extremely friendly and patient, and also taught us many things about Japanese culture. We ended the class by eating the delicious noodles! A really great experience, and the communication was excellent both before and after the class. I highly recommend it!!
    Thank you so much for the review:) Sorry for the super late reply, I didn't realise this!! I had a great time with you guys too! I hope you keep making Udon at home:) Wakana
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Eleanor M
    5 contributions
    Fantastic calligraphy lesson
    I had a fantastic calligraphy lesson with Wakana. She has been studying calligraphy for over 20 years and her attention to detail and feedback was incredible. I also really enjoyed learning to make udon - oishi desu!
    Thank you so much for the review!! I realised your review recently haha. Glad you enjoyed and made it again at home:D Also thank you for playing with my son!! Wakana
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Anyacalifornia
    Redding, California29 contributions
    Wonderful culture experience and lesson
    Our family absolutely loved our experience at Walkalture with Wakana! We did Japanese calligraphy posters with our children and enjoyed every moment. We spent a couple of hours learning about the calligraphy as an art and process, as well as lots of new things about Japanese culture. I highly recommend Wakana if you want to experience something more local and relaxing.
    Thank you so much for the review! I and my sons enjoyed with you guys a lot:) Your travel pics are amazing!! Looking forward to the next country:) Wakana
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Xhulio I
    1 contribution
    An absolute delight
    Attending Wakana's calligraphy class in Tokyo was an absolute delight! She is a passionate instructor who created a welcoming atmosphere and guided us with expertise and patience. The class was well-structured, the materials top-notch, and the serene setting added to the charm. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced artists. I’ll definitely be back when I’m next in Tokyo!
    Thank you so much for your awesome review!! I still remember I had great time with you guys:) Let me know when you come back to Japan next!! Thanks again. Wakana
    Written 8 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Flounder from NYC
    10 contributions
    A GEM of an EXPERIENCE! Highly recommended:)
    My two sons (13 and 10) and my Mother (82) took a Calligraphy class with Wakana, who was amazing! They appreciated learning the history of the various alphabets they would be learning. Wakana used visuals to teach and patiently help each student during the class. Her English is great and she is a wonderful teacher. My two sons and I also did an Orgami class right after. Once again, Wakana was patient, kind and effective with her teachings. We loved being in a Japanese home! It was cozy and peaceful:)
    Thank you so so so much for the review and a lot of pictures!! I and my son enjoyed with you guys too:) It was pleasure meeting you and your family!! Thanks again for coming. Wakana
    Written 13 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Ed_likestraveling
    Laurel, Maryland23 contributions
    Fantastic cooking and calligraphy class. The best way to take a break from busy Tokyo. Kids loved the experience!!
    Fantastic cooking and calligraphy class. Wakana is amazing! She taught us how to prepare udon noodles from the scratch and write Kanji (Japanese calligraphy). It was fun, educational and a great way to take a break from the busy days in Tokyo ! All family had a great time. Kids (14 and 10) love the whole experience! Highly recommend!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 November 2023
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Paola
Scaggsville, MD2 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
We enjoyed our Udon noodle and calligraphy classes. Wakana was an excellent teacher. We started with noodle making and then moved to calligraphy class while the udon dough rested. We each picked a word and Wakana let us practice several times before writing it in the final canvas. Such a difficult and precise art! Wakana was super patient with us.
Finally, we finished our noodles and Wakana cooked them and served them with a cool dipping sauce. Delicious!
My kids (10 and 14yo) enjoyed the experience so much they wanted to stay longer.
Highly recommended!
Written 21 November 2023
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Ed_likestraveling
Laurel, MD23 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Fantastic cooking and calligraphy class. Wakana is amazing! She taught us how to prepare udon noodles from the scratch and write Kanji (Japanese calligraphy). It was fun, educational and a great way to take a break from the busy days in Tokyo ! All family had a great time. Kids (14 and 10) love the whole experience! Highly recommend!!!
Written 21 November 2023
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Flounder from NYC
NY10 contributions
Jul. 2023
My two sons (13 and 10) and my Mother (82) took a Calligraphy class with Wakana, who was amazing! They appreciated learning the history of the various alphabets they would be learning. Wakana used visuals to teach and patiently help each student during the class. Her English is great and she is a wonderful teacher.

My two sons and I also did an Orgami class right after. Once again, Wakana was patient, kind and effective with her teachings.

We loved being in a Japanese home! It was cozy and peaceful:)
Written 27 July 2023
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Thank you so so so much for the review and a lot of pictures!! I and my son enjoyed with you guys too:) It was pleasure meeting you and your family!! Thanks again for coming. Wakana
Written 14 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Xhulio I
1 contribution
Jun. 2023 • Family
Attending Wakana's calligraphy class in Tokyo was an absolute delight! She is a passionate instructor who created a welcoming atmosphere and guided us with expertise and patience. The class was well-structured, the materials top-notch, and the serene setting added to the charm. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced artists. I’ll definitely be back when I’m next in Tokyo!
Written 5 July 2023
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Thank you so much for your awesome review!! I still remember I had great time with you guys:) Let me know when you come back to Japan next!! Thanks again. Wakana
Written 8 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amberv925
Walgett, Australia13 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I had a great time. There was a nice atmosphere and the explanation about kanji and calligraphy were very clear.
Written 28 May 2023
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Thank you so much for the review!! I and my son enjoyed with you:) Thank you again for coming!! Wakana
Written 8 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anyacalifornia
Redding, CA29 contributions
Jan. 2023
Our family absolutely loved our experience at Walkalture with Wakana! We did Japanese calligraphy posters with our children and enjoyed every moment. We spent a couple of hours learning about the calligraphy as an art and process, as well as lots of new things about Japanese culture. I highly recommend Wakana if you want to experience something more local and relaxing.
Written 23 April 2023
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Thank you so much for the review! I and my sons enjoyed with you guys a lot:) Your travel pics are amazing!! Looking forward to the next country:) Wakana
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eleanor M
5 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Solo
I had a fantastic calligraphy lesson with Wakana. She has been studying calligraphy for over 20 years and her attention to detail and feedback was incredible. I also really enjoyed learning to make udon - oishi desu!
Written 13 March 2023
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Thank you so much for the review!! I realised your review recently haha. Glad you enjoyed and made it again at home:D Also thank you for playing with my son!! Wakana
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Doc
New York City, NY1 contribution
Jan. 2023 • Solo
Superb instructor, very knowledgeable, experienced, and talented. Very comfortable to work with—I highly recommend.
Written 7 March 2023
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Thank you so much for reviewing here too!! Much appreciated:) Wakana
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Silvana S
2 contributions
Dec. 2022
This was one of my family's favorite experiences in Japan! We chose the cooking/calligraphy combination class and loved it. The class was held in an apartment and solely my family was in attendance. Our instructor, Wakana, first taught us how to prepare udon noodles from scratch. While we waited for the dough to rest, she taught us about calligraphy and how to write our favorite word. She was extremely friendly and patient, and also taught us many things about Japanese culture. We ended the class by eating the delicious noodles! A really great experience, and the communication was excellent both before and after the class. I highly recommend it!!
Written 2 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for the review:) Sorry for the super late reply, I didn't realise this!! I had a great time with you guys too! I hope you keep making Udon at home:) Wakana
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Yael L
1 contribution
Oct. 2022 • Family
Best experience in Tokyo. If you’re looking for a Calligraphy workshop. This should be your first choice.
Written 22 November 2022
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Hi, I just realised your review!! I didn't know they stopped letting me know when someone reviewed!! Anyway thank you so much for your review! I'm glad I could do something to make your Japan trip more memorable:) Let's go to the Sushi restaurant together next time!! Thanks again. Wakana
Written 12 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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