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Kyoto: Private Tea Ceremony with Japanese Tea & Sweets

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Koto

Kyoto: Private Tea Ceremony with Japanese Tea & Sweets

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Koto

From US$ 41.85 per person

Experience a private tea ceremony, Japanese flower arrangement and learn how to make powdered green tea. All information are given in fluent English by a tea master with certain licence of Urasenke, the biggest tea school in Japan.

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Duration 45 minutes
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English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Learn about the history and the spirit of tea ceremony from a tea master
  • Experience a real tea ceremony
  • Learn how to make powdered green tea by yourselves
  • See a small exhibition of kimono and antiques
  • Enjoy a private Japenese culutural experience near Kinkakuji
Full description
This activity includes two kinds of powdered green tea (thick tea and light tea), fresh sweets and dried traditional sweets. All are made by shops of long standing in Kyoto. Especially, Japanese fresh sweets are really artistic. Hear the beautiful name of the sweets which reflects seasons in Japan. Thick tea is typical in tea ceremony, rare to see in Japanese cafes. The way of tea is a little different from the light one. It’s more elegant and rare to see also. But if you would like a host to make light tea instead of thick tea, it's possible. Also, learn about the history of Japanese flower arrangement and the difference between western arranging. You can take photos for free. It is recommended to keep tranquil atmosphere during the way of tea, but if you would like to take photos, it’s up to you because it’s private session. Also in the next waiting room, you can take photos with kimono or Nishijin textiles before or after the tea ceremony experience. All explanation is given in fluent English by a lecturer of Urasenke, one of the biggest tea schools in Japan. You can make good light tea of good quality at home after taking this class. If you have problem with your legs or hard to sit on tatami, please use little chairs suit to tatami room for free. Do you want to wear a Kimono? Wear a kimono (traditional cloth in Japan) during the tea ceremony and take photos to remember the experience. 
  • Thick and thin tea
  • 2 flavors of Japanese green tea
  • Fresh sweets
  • Japanese traditional cookies
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Meal
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

37 Nishi-Goshonouchi-cho Kinugasa Kita-ku Kyoto city, 603-8377. How to get there: A 1 minute walk from Kinkakuji-michi city bus stop. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from Kitaoji subway station. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from JR Enmachi. Or a 1 minute walk from the gate of Kinkakuji-temple. Next to the parking area for bicycles if you are visiting Kinkakuji-temple.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • You must remove your shoes in the house (but wheelchairs can enter).
  • If you would like to wear a kimono during the ceremony, please select the kimono add-on.
  • Please arrive on time. If you are over 15 minutes late your activity will not take place.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Extremely informative and knowledgeable. Left feeling tranquil

October 12, 2019

Very simple, very expensive, incomplete, goodwill and little else

We were 6 people, we paid 309 euros, the ceremony was in a simple apartment poorly set, we were attended by a girl with a kimono (daughter) friendly and good English, but only 1 pasta per person (very scarce) the second part of the ceremony we went up to the floor from above, very simple and little set, there another person (the mother) without kimono and almost without English, we prepared another tea and 2 "sweets) minis, yes, nice and good people, but especially the price was a tease of hair, at the same time we saw after they attended a couple and hence the change of room.

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August 28, 2019

Just amazing and wonderful

August 20, 2019

Product ID: 60895