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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

Natalya R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was our second tea ceremony experience and we really liked it!

laura v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

the owner was wonderful and the experience so real.

Lois W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The hosts were warm and friendly and very informative

Alexander F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Completely brilliant. We loved it. We got dressed in kimono a must-do and they even had an outfit for our baby. We loved every minute and our hostess was so lovely. Very helpful and kind. A great way to experience a tea ceremony and highly recommended!

Taran C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a lot of fun. Both my husband and I are very glad that we got the kimono option, it really set the tone. There was a lot of giggles and everyone was happy and cheerful. One of the guys was just too sexy when he sat showing the undergarments accidentally. It was a small group, just us and another couple. It went a little long, because we were having too much fun.

Kenney Oh United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time during this activity. The hosts were very gracious and took their time to make the experience of dressing in a kimono for my wife and daughter a special experience. My son and I also enjoyed dressing in traditional japanese attire. The tea master was very instructive and patient while also being flexible and pragmatic to accommodate a diverse group which included young children and elderly guests. We found the match green tea surprisingly good and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience and ritual. We would definitely recommend it to others. Even our eight and six year old found it fascinating and were thoroughly engaged throughout.

Brian E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the most amazing and romantic things we have done as a couple. Very different and very cool to be so deep into the culture. We loved it.

Alain G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We'll never forget it, and I can't imagine an activity that can bring a foreigner closer to the Japanese.

Heather V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful experience, with a lot of fascinating information

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