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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$ 20.77 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 wearing is Not included in the regular plan. Please add the option “kimono wearing” after putting this plan in the cart.
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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 235 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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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

It was beautiful, for sure. But I think they have a lot of customers, so its not that precise. Kimono was not tightened very well and obi was upside down :D I think its a lot for the lady, doing it all day... I had ceremony in english, but i think it would be nicer in japanese and have interpreter. But overall it was very beautiful :)

July 22, 2018

Nice experience in a local house and lots of info!

Very kind and informative hostess, she let us know a lot about the tradition of tea ceremony. She showed us how to prepare and drink tea in a Japanese way. It was a good activity, perhaps better if you do it before you try matcha tea in the streets (for a more genuine effect)

May 7, 2018

Product ID: 60894