Traditional Tea Ceremony Experience near Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

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I Recommend This Experience!

Reviewed by: Hiroshi, 2016/08/24

This was my first trip to Kyoto since an elementary school trip.
I'd always had something of an interest in experiencing the tea ceremony, so this was really great! From the historical tea ceremony etiquette to the many types of tools, I learned from the instructor how to properly enjoy the tea ceremony. I also had some delicious tea and sweets.

The classroom had a very calm atmosphere and even though it was close to Kinkakuji, it was quiet and I had a relaxing time there. It's a great memory from my Kyoto trip!

The instructor was so kind and answered my questions carefully. If I have the chance, I'd like to make tea using my new knowledge and remembering the important elements of the tea ceremony.

We definitely chose the right option with this tea ceremony! Thank you for such a valuable experience!

(Translated from Japanese by

  • "Every day is a good day!"

  • Charming entrance

  • About 1-2 minutes on foot from Kinkakuji

  • The classroom is a neat and tidy Japanese-style room

  • Here you can receive the tea made by your teacher

  • There are plenty of customers from overseas

  • Elegant sweets

  • Kimono display

  • Nice amount of foam

  • Seasonal display

Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:N/A
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great performance

Reviewed by: Alessandro, 2016/02/11

It has been such a nice experience. The host was super nice and the ceremony was superlative. Reisan was dressed with a beautiful kimono and make us enjoy the pleasure of this traditional performance. She also answered to all our doubts without esitate. The house a minute walking from the kinkakuji so it is really comfortable to get there. The first floor of the house is well decorated with objects of the Japanese tradition. Recommended.

Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2016/02/11
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Amazing tea ceremony experience

Reviewed by: Emma, 2016/01/30

It was our first tea ceremony and we didn't know what we could expect. We were so pleasantly surprised! The mood was awesome. It was very impressive to see how a tea ceremony is run by someone really knowledgeable. The tea master explained very well about the tea ceremony rituals, and she's also friendly. We loved that we only had to focus on the beauty of such a ceremony, from the sounds to the movements. Also, two Japanese sweets are given! You can ask any question you want, which feel great as well. Now we can make our own powdered tea, and follows the peaceful way of tea thinking! Thank you very much to propose such a lifetime experience.

  • Tea ceremony room

Reply from activity provider

I'm sorry to write bank late. I'm glad you liked the atmosphere of my tea room. It was nice to meet you!

Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2016/01/28
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Tea ceremony in Kyoto

Reviewed by: Catherine, 2016/01/10

Myself, my husband and my son (aged 12) booked in for this experience and I am so glad we did. While the groups are limited to 5 we were really lucky and were the only ones at that session. This made it an extra special experience. Our hostess was immaculately dressed and had absolutely impeccable manners. Her English was excellent, and after the ceremony she patiently and graciously answered all our questions. Our hostess was very knowledgable about the history of tea in japan, and the different types of tea, and has studied at one of the major 'tea schools' in Japan. We sampled a light tea- which is used for many occasions. The thick tea as it was explained to us is used for more formal ceremonies. The best part was we had the opportunity to make the tea ourselves. Delicious. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of a tea ceremony, it is something that my family will always remember.

Attended as:Families
Activity Date:2016/01/08
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Traditional tea ceremony near the 'Golden Pavillion' Kinkakuji Temple

Reviewed by: Catherine, 2016/01/09

I along with my husband, and son (aged 12) booked in for a traditional tea ceremony. The experience was wonderful! From the second we walked into the house- which is a traditional old Kyoto style wooden house- we were transported to a different era. Our hostess was very knowledgable and particular in her technique having studied at one of the tea schools in Japan. She explained all the steps in the ceremony in excellent English and was happy to take questions. One of the highlights after observing the ceremony, was then being invited to participate and make your own green tea, being guided through each step by our immaculately dressed hostess. The groups are limited to 5, however it was just us that day, so it was very a special experience for us as a family. Our hostess was also able to tell about the history of tea in Japan, and also the development of the tea ceremony as we see it today and explain where the cups were made, and why they need to be turned as you consume the tea. The tea was delicious. A great experience! Catherine, Australia.

Reply from activity provider

Dear Catherine, I'm sorry I didn't write back soon. It was nice to meet you 3! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed my tea ceremony!

Attended as:Families
Activity Date:2016/01/08
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