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Travel sketchbooking in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

Experience hosted by Rachel

3 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 5 people
Includes food, transportation, and equipment

What you'll do

Does your camera remember your trips better than you do? Slow down and go analogue with travel sketchbooking. We'll spend a relaxing afternoon learning how to capture Kyoto's charm and beauty with a sketchbook and compact watercolor kit.

Not only will I show you how to paint what we see during the experience, I'll give you tips, tricks, and ideas for continuing to use your new compact watercolor sketching kit for the rest of your stay in Japan, and for your next adventures as well!

We'll get our start in Kyoto's sake brewing district, a beautiful historical area less frequented by tourists. Laced with old canals that used to be the arteries of commerce in days gone by, it's the perfect setting to try out your new watercolor kit and learn some basics while sketching the iconic Gekkeikan Sake Brewery.

Next, we'll stroll past several sake breweries and through a retro shopping arcade, where we'll catch a train to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. The vermilion gates and sacred forest of this shrine are perfect inspiration. We'll find some quieter areas where we can create paintings together. We'll end our day partway up the trail where you can choose to stay and explore on your own, or catch a train to your next destination.

In the case of rain, a modified itinerary will be provided: sketching temple/shrine scenery from covered areas with pens/pencils and limited watercolor.
Other things to note
We'll be outdoors, so check forecasts and dress appropriately. Wear comfortable shoes as we'll be walking (including the slopes of the Fushimi Inari.)
Does your camera remember your trips better than you do? Slow down and go analogue with travel sketchbooking. We'll spend a relaxing afternoon learning how to capture Kyoto's charm and beauty with a sketchbook and compact watercolor kit.

Not only will I show you how to paint what we see during the experience, I'll give you tips, tricks, and ideas for continuing to use your new compact watercolor sketching kit for the rest of your stay…

What's included

  • Food
    Selected Japanese snack or sweet
  • Transportation
    One-way train fare between Chushojima Station and Fushimi Inari Station dur...
  • Equipment
    Watercolor Travel Kit: Includes a Japanese-made sketchbook, water brush pen...

Meet your host, Rachel

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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I'm an artist with a passion for travel! I've traveled the world with my paints and sketchbook (@travelbugart on Instagram) but now call Kyoto home. I have over a decade of teaching experience, specializing in helping beginners learn to paint.

My goal is to help you see the beauty of Kyoto with an artist's eye and capture it using your own unique style, and also give you the tools to create travel sketchbooks of your own anywhere you go.
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Where you'll be

We'll get our start in the southern Fushimi area. Peppered with sake breweries and laced with old canals that used to be the arteries of commerce in days gone by, it's the perfect setting to try out your new watercolor kit and learn some basics.

After that, we'll stroll through a retro shopping arcade and hop a train to the nearby Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates that wind up a forested mountain slope.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 113 reviews.

Melinda
February 2021
Amazing morning with Rachel! We did this event as our final stop on our Kyoto trip and it was the highlight for me. Rachel was amazing to work with and adjusted for our schedule, the weather, and the train. She built a custom itinerary for us and met us at the station. Fantastic instructor for the basics. No one had done watercolors before and she walked us through all the basics with patience and encouragement. She brought little stools, the watercolor kits, and snacks! Absolutely recommend and would do again!
Amazing morning with Rachel! We did this event as our final stop on our Kyoto trip and it was the highlight for me. Rachel was amazing to work with and adjusted for our schedule,…
Kazuna
December 2020
It does not matter your experience with sketching, watercolour, or even you don’t like drawing at all, as long as you like kyoto, this is highly recommended! Good for city people like me always in front of computer! Thank you Rachel.
Jennifer
August 2020
This was a really fun experience that let me try something new and creative and see some new locations in Kyoto. Rachel really taught me a lot which helped me get started as a beginner in watercolors. I also got to learn some local history and have a more relaxed morning taking my time to enjoy the subjects we were painting.
This was a really fun experience that let me try something new and creative and see some new locations in Kyoto. Rachel really taught me a lot which helped me get started as a begi…
Regan
March 2020
This was a great experience. Rachel was really thoughtful and accommodating, adjusting the lesson to suit what I wanted to learn, adapting to my painting speed and answering all of my questions. By the end, I had three finished paintings and Rachel had ensured I was set up with the supplies and knowledge necessary to continue on my own. As well as being a great art instructor, Rachel was also a great tour guide pointing out all of the interesting sights on our route. Highly recommended!
This was a great experience. Rachel was really thoughtful and accommodating, adjusting the lesson to suit what I wanted to learn, adapting to my painting speed and answering all of…
Sandi
March 2020
This truly was a fantastic experience and I so appreciated Rachel's organization and creativity on the locations we went to sketch and paint.The watercolor palette you receive and keep she has personally created and love how easy it is to use while on location! As well she gives you the brush and watercolor paper book. Rachel is such a great instructor and myself having a little knowledge , I see that she can work with everyone from novice to expert and give pearls of wisdom and insight with her charm and humor . I like the easy walking and thought put into the several locations and she even packs you a mini cute it's all in the details!
This truly was a fantastic experience and I so appreciated Rachel's organization and creativity on the locations we went to sketch and paint.The watercolor palette you receive and…
Nan
December 2019
It was a wonderful experience sketching with Rachel, she is really familiar with both the technique of watercolour and the Japanese culture. Rachel is a warm-hearted and thoughtful person, she’s so experienced at teaching and so well prepared for the sketching trip. Highly recommend this experience to people who interested in both sketching and Japanese culture! Thank you Rachel!
It was a wonderful experience sketching with Rachel, she is really familiar with both the technique of watercolour and the Japanese culture. Rachel is a warm-hearted and thoughtful…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes and walking shoes