Visitors to Kyoto, Japan can step back in time with Tea Ceremony Koto’s 45-minute tea ceremony experience. Led by a licensed tea master from Urasenke, you will learn the sacred art of making tea while seeing the rich history and spiritual significance of Japanese tea culture.

This authentic experience takes place on tatami mats and includes indulging in traditional Japanese sweets. Located near the iconic Kinkakuji Temple, this tea ceremony is a must-try for those seeking a deeper understanding of Japanese traditions.

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Good To Know

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  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
  • Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by a licensed tea master
  • Learn about the history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony
  • Opportunity to make tea yourself and savor traditional Japanese sweets

Ticket Information

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Tickets for the 45-minute tea ceremony experience in Kyoto can be easily reserved and paid for later. The cancellation policy allows for a full refund if canceled up to 24 hours in advance. This flexibility ensures that visitors can plan their trip without worrying about last-minute changes.

Plus, the tea ceremony venue is wheelchair accessible, providing accessibility options for all participants. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, the tea ceremony experience can accommodate your needs.

The instructors are fluent in English, Javanese, and Japanese, ensuring clear communication throughout the session. By offering a private group option, participants can enjoy a more intimate experience tailored to their preferences.

With these ticketing options and accessibility features, the tea ceremony in Kyoto promises to be a memorable and inclusive experience for all visitors.

Experience Details

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Participants can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and learn the history and spiritual significance of this cultural practice from a licensed tea master.

The tea ceremony, known as ‘chanoyu’ or ‘sado,’ has deep roots in Japanese culture and is considered a form of art.

During the ceremony, you will have the opportunity to learn about tea ceremony etiquette and the historical and spiritual role that the tea ceremony plays in Japanese society.

In this 45-minute experience, you will take their place on the tatami, the traditional Japanese floor mat, and witness the ceremonial preparation of matcha.

They’ll also have the chance to make tea themselves, following the rules of the tea ceremony, and savor traditional Japanese sweets.

Plus, you will be able to take photos and see examples of kimonos and woven textiles from Kyoto’s Nishijin district, further seeing the rich cultural heritage of Japan.

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Participant and Date Information

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The meeting point for the Kyoto tea ceremony experience is at the Tea Ceremony Koto (茶道体験古都), the building with the orange curtain. If you have reserved the Kimono add-on, it is advised to arrive 20 minutes early. The meeting point is conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from the Kinkakuji-Michi city bus stop. For those coming from Kitaoji subway station or JR Enmachi, you can reach the meeting point in just 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by a cozy and inviting space where you will embark on your tea ceremony experience. The transportation options to the meeting point make it easily accessible for participants from various locations in Kyoto.

Transportation Options
Kinkakuji-Michi city bus stop
Kitaoji subway station
JR Enmachi

With these transportation options, you can reach the meeting point conveniently and begin your tea ceremony experience in Kyoto.

Review Summary

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The review summary for the Kyoto tea ceremony experience showcases high ratings for the guide, value for money, service, and organization.

The guide received a rating of 4.8 out of 5, indicating their exceptional knowledge and expertise in leading the tea ceremony.

Participants also appreciated the value for money, scoring it at 4.1 out of 5, highlighting the reasonable price for the immersive cultural experience they received.

The service was rated at 4.6 out of 5, indicating the tea master’s attentiveness and hospitality towards the participants.

Lastly, the organization of the tea ceremony was praised, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5, demonstrating the smooth flow and seamless execution of the event.

While the overall reviews were positive, some improvement suggestions were mentioned regarding the English skills of the host.

Despite this, the tea ceremony experience holds great cultural significance, providing participants with a glimpse into the rich history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony.

Customer Reviews

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The tea ceremony experience in Kyoto garnered positive feedback from customers, with a majority of participants expressing their satisfaction with the immersive cultural activity.

One customer, Gabriella from the United States, had a lovely and intimate tea ceremony experience. She mentioned that the tea master was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Gabriella also recommended a visit to Uji, the source of the matcha used in the ceremony.

Another customer, a traveler from Germany, had an overall great experience but suggested that the host’s English skills could be improved. Despite this, they still recommended everyone to participate in the tea ceremony at least once.

These reviews highlight the cultural value of the tea ceremony in Kyoto while also emphasizing the importance of improving English skills for a better experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Children Allowed to Participate in the Tea Ceremony?

Children are allowed to participate in the tea ceremony, but it is important for them to understand and follow the etiquette. The tea ceremony holds great cultural significance, and involving children can help instill a sense of tradition and appreciation for Japanese culture.

Is Photography Allowed During the Tea Ceremony?

Photography is allowed during the tea ceremony, but there are certain etiquette guidelines to follow. Guests are encouraged to capture the beauty of the ceremony while respecting the cultural significance and being mindful of their surroundings.

Can I Wear My Own Clothes or Do I Have to Wear a Kimono?

Guests have the option to wear a kimono during the tea ceremony, as it follows the traditional etiquette. However, if they prefer, they can also wear their own clothes as an alternative attire option.

Is Transportation Included in the Ticket Price?

Transportation is not included in the ticket price for the Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience. Guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the meeting point at Tea Ceremony Koto.

Is There a Minimum Number of Participants Required for the Tea Ceremony?

There is no minimum number of participants required for the tea ceremony. Whether you go alone or with a group, you can fully learn about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

The Sum Up

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Step back in time and learn about the rich traditions of Japanese culture with Tea Ceremony Koto’s 45-minute tea ceremony experience in Kyoto. Led by a licensed tea master, this captivating journey into the history and spiritual significance of tea will transport you to another era.

Sip on delicious tea and indulge in traditional Japanese sweets in an authentic setting on tatami mats. Don’t miss out on this must-try experience that offers a deeper understanding of Japanese traditions.