• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 38.05 View price calendar

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Experience the traditions of Japan with a 1- or 1.5-hour tea ceremony in Kyoto and learn the origins of this ancient practice. Choose from one of two different tea ceremony options, including a 1-hour session hosted in a machiya (typical wooden house) and a 1.5-hour ceremony complete with kimono dress. Your ceremony includes a guide, who will provide translation.


  • Private tea ceremony with option for kimono lesson or tea ceremony in a private Kyoto home
  • Learn the correct way to wear a kimono and try one on yourself (if option chosen)
  • Understand the meaning behind the ritualized art of preparing and serving tea
  • Ask questions of the tea master with the guide there to translate for you

What You Can Expect

Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Tea Master at Wakwak-kan

Kama (iron pot) and Hisyaku (bamboo ladle)

Explore the lineage of ancient Japan during this excursion offering two 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 and try on a Japanese kimono.

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.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

My husband and I absolutely loved this tour. We first dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos and took beautiful photos in the traditional Japanese home and garden. This was followed by an in depth traditional Japanese tea ceremony that was beautifully explained and presented. Thank you for a special morning.

Victoria S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Unique and original experience. Highly recommend.

Daniel Ludwig Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing program can only recommend it again and it was one of those kind you should never miss

Michelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was an amazing experience for our family of 5. Being able to dress up in a kimono was very special and the ladies really took their time to ensure that my daughters got to choose the exact one they wanted as well as doing their hair with various hair pieces.

Our tea master, Seiko, was really lovely. Our whole family enjoyed watching her and she explained everything along the way so that we all understood the significance of each step. We were made to feel so welcome and it felt like we were having tea with our Japanese Grandmother.

Would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Kelly U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was such a great experience. The hosts were fabulous and we learned a lot! I highly recommend spending the time to learn about Japanese tea ceremony traditions!

Olivia O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

magical experience. they offer you a Seat since americans might not wanna kneel but i recommend kneeling the whole time for the actual experience! my tea master was AMAZING. highlight of trip

Stacy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was an authentic and very special experience. We enjoyed every moment and booked a calligraphy lesson with them for the next day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I have participated in this tea ceremony with WAC 2 times now because it was so good the first time, I couldn't wait to bring my son the following year to it. Even though they were going through renovations last year, the ladies at WAC were so warm and hospitable, spending time to get both my son and I into beautifully authentic kimono before the ceremony. I won't forget our time, learning how to make tea with such respect and grace, and watching my son perfect something he never thought he would do in his young life. It was money-can't-buy day, and I cannot thank the ladies at WAC enough for such lasting beautiful memories. Go and meet them, and be immersed in the authentic Japanese art of tea-making, that is quintessential Japan.

Alessandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I attended the tea ceremony there with some friends and it was a very delighted experience. Each of us wore a kimono that we chose between many. After giving us the time to take several pictures in a dedicate room, we attended the tea ceremony itself where the tea master explained to us about the history and the ritual of the tea ceremony. A very interesting and fascinating experience.

Laura H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I loved this tour on our trip to Japan. It was a fantastic experience, getting fitted into kimonos and enjoying the rituals of the tea ceremony. It was so interesting and informative. The ladies who taught us were so friendly and it felt very special to learn about this custom in Japan.

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