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Experience the traditions of Japan with 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, or a 2.5-hour tea experience hosted in the home of a tea master. Your ceremony includes a guide, who will provide translation, and if you select the 2.5 experience, round-trip transportation from your hotel.

Highlights

  • 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

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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 three 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 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

Neftali C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great experience, I went with my boyfriend for the tea ceremony with Kimonos. It was fun being able to dress up in kimonos and taking pictures outside before we began the tea ceremony. We both learned so much about the tea experience in Japanese culture and had fun trying to make the tea ourselves afterwards. If you want to learn about the Japanese culture and like tea this is a must do and in Kyoto of all places, where Japanese green powder tea was born. It was very fun and enjoyable, I really recommend this experience.

Xian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing! Our tea master was attentive and knowledgeable and she took heaps of photos of my mum and I wearing kimonos. Both my mum and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Lutgadis Aso M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Mrs. Seiko was very expert about Japanese Tea Ceremony : She do the ceremony with beautiful way

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent introduction to Japan. We had a lot of fun, and the photos wearing
kimonos were great!

Diana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My partner and I had a surreal experience with our tea master Kimi and the other WAK women in Kyoto. I would totally recommend it to my friends and family when travelling to Japan. A must do!

karumichan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A must-do!

The people behind the group handling this activity are very helpful, friendly and nice. They appear to be really happy to share this little piece of traditional culture with those who want to have a different kind of visitor's experience in Kyoto.

A few tips to the uninitiated:
The Kimono can be tight but small movements would really help you get to where you need to go, and do what you need to do like sitting daintily on your little stool while watching the tea ceremony
Sitting on your legs may hurt. Especially if you do it long enough. Shift positions every so often, if need be.
Go to the restroom toilet before doning the kimono.
Pay attention to what the Tea Master is sharing.

How to find the location:
The venue can be found across the street from the exit side of the Kyoto National Museum.
It is best to walk the street and look for the store. It has a red, japanese umbrella in front, and a little red sign that says WAK Japan see picture
If you find yourself staring at a shrine to your right this is in fact the Toyokuni Shrine and has reached the stop light and pedestrian line, you have in fact, missed the studio/venue. So walk back a little bit slowly and look for the sign WAK Japan.

Jade M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We attended the tea ceremony with kimono. It was fun being dressed traditionally and does add to the experience. Hosts are welcoming and lovely. Seiko is very nice and explained the tea traditions well. We had 6 person group total which took more time I prefer smaller groups max 4 to maximize info

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.
unbeliveable

Lois W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The hosts were warm and friendly and very informative

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