Discover the creatures and traditional crafts of Kyoto, the city of water

5 hours-¥4,000 / per person
Creatures and traditional crafts nurtured in the waters of Kyoto’s rivers
Many large and small rivers flow through Kyoto, including the Kamogawa, Katsura, and Uji rivers, and the city has developed thanks to the blessings of these waters. Because of its history, Kyoto is also known as the city of water. In this plan, visitors can experience the nature and culture created by Kyoto, the city of water.
In the morning, visit the KYOTO AQUARIUM and meet the creatures that live in Kyoto's water. The KYOTO AQUARIUM recreates the rich natural environment of Kyoto's rivers and oceans, allowing visitors to learn about the ecosystem of living creatures in each environment they inhabit in an easy-to-understand manner. Of particular interest is the Japanese giant salamander, a species endemic to Japan and one of the largest amphibians in the world. The KYOTO AQUARIUM offers visitors the opportunity to closely observe these rare creatures, which are found only in parts of western Japan.
In the afternoon, you can experience Yuzen dyeing, a traditional craft closely related to Kyoto's pure water. Learn the vivid dyeing techniques that have been used for over 300 years and create your own unique pieces of artwork in the workshop, which is located in a renovated Kyoto “machiya” townhouse.

The KYOTO AQUARIUM is operated under the theme of coexistence of life created by the blessings of Kyoto's nature and water, and allows visitors to observe a wide variety of creatures living in Kyoto's sea and rivers. Particularly noteworthy is the Japanese giant salamander, a national Special Natural Monument also known as a “living fossil” and “one of the largest amphibians in the world”. At the KYOTO AQUARIUM, visitors can closely observe the life and habits of these rare and mysterious creatures.
Furthermore, there is an area to observe sea creatures, including a large aquarium that recreates the sea of Kyoto where about 50 species of creatures are displayed, a 360-degree panoramic aquarium called “GURURI” where visitors can observe numerous water jellyfish, and a dolphin stadium with an open 180-degree panoramic view, allowing for many encounters in unique aquariums.
The KYOTO AQUARIUM is located in Umekoji Park, which is surrounded by forests and lawns, and is loved by locals as an oasis within the park. Chairs are provided in front of the aquariums so that visitors can sit back and relax while admiring the aquatic animals. Take a peek into the lives of these fascinating creatures in a relaxing and calm space.
Marumasu Nishimuraya

Kyo-yuzen is a traditional dyeing and weaving technique that has been practiced in Kyoto for more than 300 years, and is characterized by its rich colors that resemble paintings. It is also known as a traditional craft with a deep connection to Kyoto’s nature, as the paste and dyes used to be washed away in the Kamogawa River after dyeing to produce vivid colors. In this plan, you will be able to experience Yuzen dyeing in a “machiya” townhouse nestled in a charming narrow alley. From tote bags to T-shirts to smartphone cases, choose from 30 different items and over 3,000 pattern designs to create your own unique pieces of art.
What's Included
◎ Admission ticket to KYOTO AQUARIUM
◎ Reservation for the “Kyo-yuzen” dyeing experience
✕ Food and drinks
✕ Yuzen dyeing experience fee
✕ Transportation costs
What To Expect
※ Below is an example of the experience schedule.

10:00 KYOTO AQUARIUM (1.5 hours)
12:00 Lunch (1 hour). We will recommend a restaurant along the Kamogawa River.
13:30 Kyo-yuzen dyeing experience (1.5 hours)
15:00 End of the tour
Other Details
DatesEveryday 10:00-15:00
※ The start time can be changed.
Fee 19 years or older ¥4,000
※ Children's rates vary depending on their age.
16 to 18 years old ¥3,400, 6 to 15 years old ¥2,800, 3 to 5 years old ¥2,400
Marumasu Nishimuraya
More detailsThe items and designs to be created during the Yuzen dyeing experience will be decided on the day, at the workshop.
Thus, the Yuzen dyeing experience fee will be settled on-site.
Example: Small handkerchief ¥1,500
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Additional Info
・The reservation will be confirmed once advance payment has been received.
・More information about the tour will be sent by email after your application.
・Please book at least 2 days in advance so that we can build the best experience for you.
・Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. Minors must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before applying.
・The experience may be canceled or postponed at short notice, or the content may be changed due to traffic conditions, etc.
・We may share your responses to surveys and reviews on our social networking sites and media.
Cancellation policy
・Please note that the ticket fee for KYOTO AQUARIUM is non-refundable after payment has been made. ・For refunds except for the ticket price, the cancellation policy is as follows:
Free of charge if canceled up to 3 days before the tour date, 50% 2 days before, and 100% the day before or on the day of the tour.
・Special Cases (Natural disaster, virus, etc.): Full refund
・Bank transfer fees for refunds in the event of cancellation will be borne by the customer.
¥4,000 / per person
・Prices include tax.・Prices for children vary according to age.・Advance payment via PayPal ※ The fee is subject to a PayPal transaction fee (4.1% + 40 yen).
* Children under 18 years old.
Where you'll be
35-1, Kankijicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8835, Japan (in Umekoji Park)

Approximately 15 minutes walk west from the central exit of JR Kyoto Station.
Approximately 7 minutes walk from JR "Umekoji Kyoto Nishi" Station.