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!
Mrs. Seiko was very expert about Japanese Tea Ceremony : She do the ceremony with beautiful way
Excellent introduction to Japan. We had a lot of fun, and the photos wearing
kimonos were great!
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!
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.
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
It was our second tea ceremony experience and we really liked it!
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!
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 ...
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.
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.
We'll never forget it, and I can't imagine an activity that can bring a foreigner closer to the Japanese.
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.
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.
It was wonderful experience with a kimono wearing and explanation about the meaning and traditions for tea ceremony.
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.
Highly recommend this tour. The people were very helpful and lovely. My daughter and I had a fantastic time
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!
Our host was the best!! She made the whole experience great. We loved every minute of it. She should get a raise!
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.
Some content licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
© 1997–Sun Dec 04 02:32:15 PST 2016 Viator, Inc. CUR015 - 330204 All rights reserved. Viator is a registered trademark of Viator, Inc.
is a Service Mark of Viator, Inc. Travel with an Insider is a Service Mark of Viator, Inc.
Use of this website constitutes acceptance of Viator's Terms & Conditions.