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Enjoy a Tea Ceremony with Special Sweets in Kyoto

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Experience a Japanese tea ceremony in just 45 minutes near Kinkakuji Temple. I serve traditional Japanese fresh sweets made by long-standing shops in Kyoto, which are often used in real tea ceremonies. Their artistic designs stretch our imagination.

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  • Introduction about the history of Chado, tea, and tea utensils
  • Watch a traditional ceremony by a lecturer of Urasenke, one of the most famous schools of Chado
  • Learn how to make your own powdered green tea
  • We'll serve special Japanese sweets during the experience. Their artistic designs will stretch your imagination!
  • You can choose between group or private tea ceremony

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Near the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) in Kyoto. The exact address will be provided after you book.


Important Information

Please come at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time because you cannot enter the tea room after the start of tea ceremony.


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Meet your host :
Rie
Rie
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

I offer tea ceremony experiences very close to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites in Kyoto! The Japanese tea ceremony is said to be a "comprehensive art including the art of the spiritual exchange between the host and the guests, tea utensils, flower arrangement, calligraphy, spiritual discipline and more". It is one of the traditional criteria for beauty and elegance in Japan. I welcome the guests from all over the world! Let's enjoy this moment together and have a bowl of tea!
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Reviews (32)

  • Bec Bec

    Awesome

    Would totally recommend, loved it! Did the private ceremony and got in the next day in peak season. Thank you for a great experience!

  • Rebecca Rebecca

    Loved This Experience!

    I would definitely recommend the tea ceremony here. It was a wonderful reprieve from busy sight seeing. As a traveler, it was nice to experience something rather than just see things. Highly recommend!

  • Nick Nick

    Great tea ceremony experience!

    Thank you Rie! Very relaxing and learnt things too!

  • Eleni Eleni

    Wonderfull experience! Loved it!

    Rei is a true Tea ceremony master. Watching her preparing the tea was meditative and beautiful. We also learned so much about the tea ceremony. If you love Matcha tea or want to find out more about it and the ceremony that goes with it this experience is really worth it! Thank you Rei 😊

  • Tomoko Tomoko

    Special experience near Kinkakuji

    Rie was a wonderful teacher and spoke very good English. My husband and I loved the tea ceremony. If you're going to be at Kinkakuji, this is definitely worth booking since it's so close.

  • PloY PloY

    It's okay, but not with child.

    I had a private tea ceremony lesson with Rie yesterday. I booked a lesson at5pm but I couldn't make it. So I called her and asked if she could put me in a later schedule instead. Since I already paid $143(2adults+1baby). My fingers crossed for the answer because it's my fault and I was just trying to ask her for that. She called me back and told me that she will put me in 6:30pm class. Thanks Rie! She is nice. But I am not recommend you to take your child under 5 years old with you. Because Japanese culture respects the ceremony very much, everything have to be neat and peace. And it's somehow hard to control the baby likes 1-year old boy not to interrupt(walking, touching, screaming) while the lesson is going on. By the way, I think it's okay activity to do once you're in Kyoto, but not with kid.

  • Jessica Jessica

    Wonderful experience

    This tea ceremony was a wonderful experience that I'm very glad I was able to have for my first visit to Japan. The hostess was very knowledgeable in the way of tea, and very accommodating. Due to an accident I had many years ago I cannot sit in the traditional kneeling Style, so she was kind enough to get me a chair you can also rent kimonos from her for an extra $30 to make the experience even greater

  • Cherie Cherie

    Amazing tea ceremony

    Amazing experience , very friendly and an awesome environment

  • Shannan Shannan

    Beautiful and insightful experience

    My husband and I had our Tea Ceremony in June 2016. This was one of the highlights of our trip! The precision and thought that goes into every element was fantastic, from the cups to the tea itself. Rie was absolutely wonderful. She thoroughly explained everything as well as answering all of our questions, really letting us learn about the whole event. We went after the Golden Temple nearby (literally a block away) and it made for the perfect day. I recommend wearing comfortable clothes, as you will be seated on the floor. We also happened to be there on a day that our hostess was being interviewed for the Kyoto paper, and we were all featured in it! Choose this tea ceremony and you won't regret it.

  • Riley Riley

    Wonderful experience!

    My boyfriend and I attended the ceremony at Rie's today. She took the time to explain the history of tea in Japan, the history of tea ceremony, the different types of tea ceremonies, and more! The ambience was also great, and the convenient location (literally right in front of the beautiful Kinkaku-ji) was also a plus! I'd recommend this experience to anyone who would like to experience Japanese tea ceremony with a knowledgeable, kind host.

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