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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

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!

robinghammer

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

jeremy.tang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

My partner and I attended the two hour tea ceremony session with a tea master. They got us dressed in kimonos and were able to take traditional photos in a zen garden. We then participated in the tea ceremony learning the proper etiquette of servicing and receiving matcha. This was a great experience.

jason h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

didn't know what to expect, but had and amazing experience with Tea Master Seiko She was wonderfully hilarious. Learned a lot about the customs, culture, and intricate details of making tea properly. Did not know that there was a lot of meaning attributed to a simple task of making tea. From demonstration, to having you experience it yourself. It was a pure highlight of my trip.

Milena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

It was wonderful experience with a kimono wearing and explanation about the meaning and traditions for tea ceremony.

Adrienne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Sitting on your knees on a tatami mat is not the most comfortable, but a small price to pay for participating in a tea ceremony. It as fascinating to learn how each movement has meaning and Kaori was beautiful to watch. Take the opportunity like I did to make a cup of tea. Definately worth it.

Marise L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Highly recommend this tour. The people were very helpful and lovely. My daughter and I had a fantastic time

Samantha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

This tour was absolutely amazing! Seiko-san was very knowledgeable about the history of Tea Ceremony in Japan and we learned a lot! My fiance and I have wanted to go to Japan for a long time and this experience was 100 worthwhile. We were even able to try making our own tea! The entire staff was kind and generous - we felt like we were visiting lifelong friends! I highly suggest this tour to get a taste of real historical Japanese culture to appreciate the society as a whole - it is amazing how much tea ceremonies impacted history and Japanese politics. We plan to go back when we return to Japan in the future!

Kristen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Our host was the best!! She made the whole experience great. We loved every minute of it. She should get a raise!

esdok

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Nice experience . Place is very near imperial palace . Easy to find.

Alison I

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.

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