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Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Juan

Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Juan

From US$ 21.10 per person

Experience the true art of tea drinking by taking part in this tea ceremony at Jotokuji temple. Learn about the ancient ritual of tea drinking, it's social significance to Japanese culture and sample various different teas.

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Duration 70 minutes
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Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Take part in a traditional tea drinking ceremony
  • Marvel at the architecture of the Jotokuji Temple
  • Get the chance to sample different kinds of teas
Full description
Start your tea ceremony experience by entering through the main gates of the Jotoku-ji Temple. You will pass the entrance to the Grand Tearoom on your left and a shop next to it and meet at the nearby red benches where your guide awaits. Whilst walking through the temple you are free to admire the architecture and stand by the purification fountain. Weather permitting, you are free to sit at the red benches and for a break. In the event of rain you can stand outside under the gable of the shop or wait in the Grand Tearoom. Once you have finished perusing the temple or sitting on the red benches taking in the atmosphere you are able to enter the Grand Tearoom where your instructor waits for you.  Start your tour of the Temple with a traditional purification ritual, a completely unique and insightful experience for Western visitors. Afterwards you will remove your shoes at the entrance of the Grand Tearoom and in your group, proceed inside to take your seat. Get the chance to sample matcha tea at its best. The Tea Master will guide you throughout, showing and explaining every step of the way. Throughout the ceremony you will be taught the fine art of drinking matcha tea and learn about the importance of the ceremony.
  • Tour guide
  • Chanoyu workshop ceremony
  • No meals are available
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Tea Ceremony Juan: 556, Gojo-sagaru, Tominokoji Dori, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto.

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Important information

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  • Please note that the Temple is wheelchair accessible but the tearoom is not because there are three steps
  • For those not comfortable sitting on the floor in the traditional position seats and stools can be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 116 reviews

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This demonstration lasted about an hour and change and took place in a Buddhist temple in a traditional setting that included paper walls and tatami mats on which we sat. Our host, Marcy, was very proficient and set our small group of five and two small children at ease. Not only did she prepare macha for us to sample but explained the ritual in detail and answered our many questions. Afterward, we sampled Japanese sweets and made our own tea from macha powder with a whisk in large tea vessels. It was a charming experience.

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December 26, 2019

Amazing experience!! You get to make your own matcha tea (and eat some sweets as well). You'll be taught the history of tea and tea cerimonies in Japan as well as it's cultural significance. You can also buy your own tea set. The hostess was also very knowledgeable and eager to explain every details of tue ceremony

November 4, 2019

Don't miss out on this experience!

We are very pleased with the traditional tea ceremony. After veing welcomed by Masumi, she gave us some background information on the location the ceremony was being held. Once inside she explained us what the tea ceremony is all about and performed one for us. After the ceremony and the tatsing she gave us some extra info on the different steps performed and the reason why. We even got to do our own ceremony and you can get a certificat of it as well. It was a really unique experience. Good job Masumi!!

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October 1, 2019

Product ID: 186627