5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:Varies

Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master

Experience the traditions of Japan as you enjoy a 1-, 1.5- or 2.5-hour tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of three different tea ceremony options, including a 1-hour session hosted in a machiya, (typical wooden house) a 1.5-hour ceremony complete with kimono dress-up or a 2.5-hour tea experience hosted in the home of a professional tea master. Your tea ceremony excursion includes a guide, who will provide translation, and if you select the 2.5 experience, round-trip transportation from your hotel.


  • Private tea ceremony with option for kimono lesson or tea ceremony in a private Kyoto home
  • Understand the meaning behind the ritualized art of preparing and serving tea
  • Learn the correct way to wear a kimono and try one on yourself! (if option chosen)
  • Spend time at your tea instructor’s traditional home (if option chosen)
  • Ask questions of the tea master with the guide there to translate for you
  • Try making a cup of tea after watching the master’s preparations, with help as needed

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The tea tastes amazing when served in an authentic tea cup. And sitting in a traditional Kyoto house makes you feel like you have entered another era!

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What You Can Expect

Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master

Kama (iron pot) and Hisyaku (bamboo ladle)

Explore the lineage of ancient Japan during this excursion offering 3 different tea ceremonies in the legendary city of Kyoto. Depending on the experience you select you’ll have the chance to enjoy a typical ceremony, try on a Japanese kimono and in the case of the 2.5-hour experience, get an up-close-and-personal demonstration of the entire tea-making process from a Japanese master.

Your tea ceremony experience will vary depending on the option you select. For the 2.5-hour option, you’ll be picked up from your Kyoto hotel, while in the other two tour choices you’ll make your own way by public transport or taxi to meet your instructor at their home or machiya. 

Over the course of your ceremony experience you’ll witness the methodical steps behind Japanese tea preparation. Receive a lesson in proper sitting posture, and then observe your instructor as they prepare the tea from matcha, a powdered tea mixture used since the 12th century when the Japanese monk named Eisai introduced the mixture from China.

When your brew is ready, enjoy the delicate nuances of its earthy flavor, and sample a sweet snack that is typically consumed alongside the drink. You’ll also have the chance to get an in-depth lesson on the correct preparation of this celebrated drink, a refreshment that is half meditation, half performance art.

For full details on the differences between the three ceremonies, review the itineraries below.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a totally awesome activity. My adult children was quite unimpressed when first hearing about doing this, but when they were immersed in the activity they really enjoyed every aspect of the program. I was impressed by the knowledge and ease in which the instructor was able to communicate with us and how welcoming and helpful the staff was with us. Great program and will plan to do the cooking class when visiting Kyoto again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fantastic time during the Tea Ceremony with Kimono. I was feeling sick and our host made sure I was comfortable at all times. She spoke fantastic English which made the ceremony even better. It was a great authentic cultural experience which I would recommend to all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

it was, simply, a spiritual and peaceful experience. The Tea master was very sympathetic with us and showed a great skill on the Tea Ceremony Art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing experience. Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fantastic experience. It was great to get such an insight into Japanese culture. I would recommend wearing the Kimono too! Great for tea lovers and those interested in Japanese culture. Very friendly staff also.

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beautiful hostess, loads of info. We highly recommend anyone travelling to Japan to do a Tea ceremony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My daughters and I were the only attendees for the tea ceremony that day. We learned a lot!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome experience. We got to experience a real authentic ceremony and wear the kimonos. The staff was so helpful and kind. They explained any questions we had. It was a really great experience. i highly recommend this to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was the highlight of our trip. We had a lovely time and it was a very intimate setting. She was very knowledgeable and thorough during the ceremony.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

What a lovely way to pass an hour and half learning about the Japanese history of the tea ceremony. Our host was charming and very knowledgeable - we felt we honoured to spend time with her - and loved our kimonos !

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