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Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

1. Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

You will take you place on the tatami, the traditional Japanese floor mat and be met by your English-speaking host, who is a licensed tea master from Urasenke, the biggest school of tea ceremony in Japan. Watch as the host carries out the ceremonial preparation of matcha, powdered green tea. Then, you will have the chance to make tea yourself, while the host informs you about the history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony and the effects each tea-making method has on its flavor. Afterwards, savor some traditional Japanese sweets Once the ceremony has come to a close, you will have the chance to take photos and see examples of kimonos and beautiful woven textiles made in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. If you'd like to wear a kimono during the experience, you can select it as an add-on during booking and take photos to remember the experience.

Kyoto: Morning Ikebana Class (Japanese Flower Arrangement)

2. Kyoto: Morning Ikebana Class (Japanese Flower Arrangement)

Your Ikebana lesson will be hosted by a master of Ikebana from the Mishq school, one of the most famous flower-arranging schools in Japan.   Your instructor will explain the history of Ikebana in English before showing you how to cut the flowers and trees at the correct angles for the arrangement. See how the flower arrangements differ from those in Western culture.  You may also take part in a tea ceremony after with a master craftsman after your Ikebana lesson. 

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What people are saying about Tea Ceremony Koto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 262 reviews

This was an amazing experience! Our host was so kind and patient. Even though the ceremony should be quiet, she made sure to answer all of our questions. The ceremony itself is very beautiful, like a dance. There are moves and steps that must be taken and each one is significant. You get to practice a bit of the ceremony before starting, participate in the actual ceremony, blend your own matcha tea, and enjoy snacks and conversation with the host. The location is very close to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) so you should visit that site before or after the ceremony. If you go in the winter you can use the in-ground water heater for the tea ceremony! This was a really special and unique part of our trip where we could learn a lot about Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto. If you are thinking of doing a tea ceremony, you should do this one!

The tea ceremony was well explained and ww got to whisk our own matcha. Te overall atmosphere was really nice. The place is quite remote though, it takes more than 30 minutes to get there from the city centre. It is therefore highly recommended to combine the experience with a visit to nearby golden temple.

We were very happy with the tea ceremony activity. The instructor was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The session was the perfect length to experience the intricacies of the ceremony and trying mixing matcha ourselves. I’m very glad we made this tea ceremony part of our visit to Kyoto.

My friend and I learnt a lot about Japanese tea culture; we also wore kimono. It was a nice experience overall and we met people from different parts of the world too!

Very nice experience. The instructor explained nicely. We got to learn a lot about matcha and tea ceremony.