- 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
If you choose to participate in the tea ceremony at the machiya, you will be shown into a tearoom. The tea master will explain the tea ceremony to you and show you the proper way to sit, and then you will go through the ceremony together.
1.5-Hour Tea Ceremony with Kimono
Learn to dress in the kimono before you begin your tea ceremony at the machiya. Donning a kimono correctly can be a tricky business, but your teacher will be there to help you!
Tea Ceremony at the Home of a Tea Master
If you have chosen the option at the private home of a professional tea master, your guide meets you in the lobby of your hotel to take public transport with you to the private home of the tea master. Along the way, your guide shares Kyoto’s history and the importance of the tea ceremony in Japanese culture.
When you arrive at the home of your instructor, the tea master, you’ll be welcomed in and have time for introductions before you enter the room designated for the tea ceremony. As the instructor explains the history of tea and shows you the utensils used in the ceremony, your guide will translate any questions that you may have. Then your tea master will begin the ceremony—a choreographed art that requires years of study to master.
After the tea ceremony in the private home, you will have time to relax and chat with your instructor and guide, asking any further questions. When you have finished, your guide will return you to your Kyoto hotel via the subway or city bus.
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Nice experience . Place is very near imperial palace . Easy to find.
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.
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.
JOSE MARIA M Andorra
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
Amazing experience. Highly recommended
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 Australia
Beautiful hostess, loads of info. We highly recommend anyone travelling to Japan to do a Tea ceremony
My daughters and I were the only attendees for the tea ceremony that day. We learned a lot!
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.
Gustavo B Canada
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.