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Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Koto

Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Koto

From US$ 22.62 per person

Experience the wonders of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn about the ceremony's history and the different tea-making methods from an English-speaking tea master from Urasenke, the biggest school of tea ceremony in Japan.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Instructor
English, Japanese, Javanese
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Hear about the history and spirit role of the tea ceremony from a licensed tea master
  • Learn how to make tea according to the rules of the tea ceremony
Full description
You will take you place on the tatami, the traditional Japanese floor mat and be met by your English-speaking host, who is a licensed tea master from Urasenke, the biggest school of tea ceremony in Japan. Watch as the host carries out the ceremonial preparation of matcha, powdered green tea. Then, you will have the chance to make tea yourself, while the host informs you about the history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony and the effects each tea-making method has on its flavor. Afterwards, savor some traditional Japanese sweets Once the ceremony has come to a close, you will have the chance to take photos and see examples of kimonos and beautiful woven textiles made in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. If you'd like to wear a kimono during the experience, you can select it as an add-on during booking and take photos to remember the experience.
Includes
  • 2 flavors of Japanese green tea
  • Traditional Japanese sweets
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Hair setting
  • Kimono (can be selected as add-on)

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Date

Meeting point

37 Nishi-Goshonouchi-cho Kinugasa Kita-ku Kyoto city, 603-8377. How to get there: A 1 minute walk from Kinkakuji-michi city bus stop. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from Kitaoji subway station. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from JR Enmachi. Or a 1 minute walk from the gate of Kinkakuji-temple. Next to the parking area for bicycles if you are visiting Kinkakuji-temple.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • If you choose the Kimono wearing add-on, please come 20 minutes before the start time of the tea ceremony
  • There is no dress code for this activity
  • If you might have difficulty sitting on floor, please inform the supplier and they will be able to provide chairs
  • This tour is recommended for those who wish to learn Japanese traditional culture, as it offers the full version of the thin tea ceremony as opposed to a simplified version customized for foreign tourists
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 266 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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This was an amazing experience! Our host was so kind and patient. Even though the ceremony should be quiet, she made sure to answer all of our questions. The ceremony itself is very beautiful, like a dance. There are moves and steps that must be taken and each one is significant. You get to practice a bit of the ceremony before starting, participate in the actual ceremony, blend your own matcha tea, and enjoy snacks and conversation with the host. The location is very close to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) so you should visit that site before or after the ceremony. If you go in the winter you can use the in-ground water heater for the tea ceremony! This was a really special and unique part of our trip where we could learn a lot about Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto. If you are thinking of doing a tea ceremony, you should do this one!

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January 7, 2023

The tea ceremony was well explained and ww got to whisk our own matcha. Te overall atmosphere was really nice. The place is quite remote though, it takes more than 30 minutes to get there from the city centre. It is therefore highly recommended to combine the experience with a visit to nearby golden temple.

November 23, 2022

Nice and beautiful place, very close to Kyoto's famous golden temple Kinkakuji temple... Guide/tea host was very knowledgeable, introducing tea ceremony in well spoken English, yet did not reduce the original Japanese ambience... We rented the kimono, and it was soooooo beautiful 100% i would recommend this one to other visitors expecting local experience (E&C-Indonesia)

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September 19, 2022

Product ID: 60894