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
  • English (Fluent)
  • 日本語 (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 (21)

  • 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.

  • Xavier Xavier

    Very interesting experience and Rie was a good host to us!

    Very interesting experience and Rie was a good teacher, very patient and kind. We could tell it was going to be very well done as soon as she showed is into the house and Rie very carefully explained everything to know about the Tea Ceremony & it's importance. Locationwise, it is very good as well, just barely down the road from Kinkakuji.

  • Sam Sam

    It was great, thank you :)

    The house is beautiful, and Rie takes her job very seriously, while speaking excellent English.

  • Wendy Wendy

    Wonderful. Rie san spoke very good English and the ceremony was beautiful.

    What a great experience for my friends at their first tea ceremony. The atmosphere was serene and the hostess elegant. I would highly recommend the experience.

  • Krista Krista

    Authentic, amazing, and traditional!

    The ceremony was so well done, explained wonderfully in English, and we even got to participate in it! We could tell that she was very well trained and executed the movements so precisely. We were also impressed with the traditional and authentic building that serves as the tea house. It was so beautiful with traditional decoration. The location was within walking distance of the Golden Pavilion, which was nice as we wanted to do both and the price was excellent! My son came and did this and was so impressed that he brought us to do it when we came to visit. I would highly recommend it and would love to do it again if we come back to Kyoto.

  • Katrina Katrina

    A lovely experience!

    A lovely way for my daughter and I to experience a traditional tea ceremony.
    Rie, our host was delightful and a pleasure to listen to while explaining the history and making of the tea. I loved watching my daughter make her own tea and would like to attend again when we return to Japan in the future.

  • Marcus Marcus

    Traditional Tea Ceremony

    The Tea Ceremony was very good, it was in a traditional tea room and the host was friendly and explained everything very well. thanks

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