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Kyoto: Traditional Tea Ceremony & Make Your Own Matcha Tea

Kyoto: Traditional Tea Ceremony & Make Your Own Matcha Tea

From US$ 74.17 per person

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony from a licensed tea master. Wear a kimono as you sip matcha, a powdered green tea. Experience the grace of a centuries-old art form.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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  • Taste Japanese traditional dried sweets called Higashi, which are made from wasanbon sugar
  • Learn how to make matcha and how to handle the tea-making tools
  • Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with a licensed teacher
Full description
Take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Meet at in Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, and enter the venue for the tea ceremony. Originating in China, the Tea ceremony, or sado, is a ritual which explores the Zen Buddhist principles of hospitality, simplicity, and harmony in the imperfect. Don a kimono and begin your ceremony by admiring a hanging scroll. As you enter the venue, your Omotesenke (host), will guide you through the steps of the ceremony. Admire the gentleness and grace of the Omotesenke as the hot water is slowly poured into the green tea powder. Slowly sip your green tea. Taste adorable small Japanese sweets representing the 4 seasons. Appreciate the traditional flower arrangements. Learn about the significance of each step from your Omotsenke as you take part in a meaningful ritual.
  • 2 cups of matcha
  • 2 kinds of Japanese traditional dried sweets
  • Kimono rental during the session
  • Certification from a tea master
  • Soft drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
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
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

さくら日本文化体験 SAKURA Experience Japanese Culture 3min from Kyoto subway line [karasumaoike]station by walk 8min from Hankyu line[Shijo]station by walk 1min from Kyoto city bus[Shinmachioike]station by walk 10min from JR kyoto station by taxi

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  • If your children cannot drink matcha, water or orange juice can be provided instead
  • This class is accessible to wheelchair users and baby strollers
  • The classroom is not a Japanese-style house - it is Ryurei style, and you may sit on chairs
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It was great fun to get an insight into the processes of a real tea ceremony and to mix your own matcha with a chic hairstyle and kimono. Aya and Manabu were super friendly and ready to answer any question. They also take pictures so that you can concentrate fully on the experience.

November 3, 2019

From upon entrance, the hosts were welcoming and very kind. Taught us about the Japanese culture of the tea ceremony and what each step meant. Loved how engaging they were and they also assist you dressing up in a kimono! For the millennials out there, they take many pictures for you during the ceremony and send them across before leaving! (: Adored the whole experience and would recommend it to all. I would like to personally thank the Hosts for such a splendid morning.

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September 12, 2019

Kindness Host with special Calligraphy

Both Aya and her husband give us a marvelous impression during this Sado(Tea ceremony). Finished this acitivity, we are feeling that we had been purified by these elegant body language. To escape stress and anxiety, we decide to do this interesting event. Both the couple have advanced and chic lexical expression. Aya also told me some historic periods in Japanese last dynasties. I had wonderful experience in this SAKURA.

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August 26, 2019

Product ID: 287585