I really enjoyed this traditional Tea Ceremony experience, it captures the Japanese culture and appreciation of the simple things in life, to slow down and 'smell the roses' so to speak, well worth it.
My only criticism was the directions... they could have said, 100m past the 7 Eleven shop turn left down a narrow lane way. Instead it took 30min to find, with a friendly local going out of her way to find a street or place even she never heard of.
It was great to see the ceremony happen, as well as finding out more about some of the history and customs surrounding it. As a couple of people have mentioned, it is a little tricky to find being down a side street, the experience was definitely a good one though - I enjoyed doing it all myself as part of the experience.
We did the private tea ceremony just after arriving to Kyoto.
It was a great experience. First we watched the ceremony and then we got to perform it ourselves. We learned the meaning beyond this very symbolic occasion and I feel it not only put us in the proper mental state for Kyoto but enhanced our experience.
I highly recommend it.
The tea ceremony was very interesting to watch, and our hostess was very patient with all of our questions about the customs. I learned so much about the Japanese culture and process.
It was excellent!
My family and Í enjoyed our visit, outside was a trsnquill little garden and koi pond. It is located in á small back street.
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