Tea Ceremony Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

Tea ceremony, or sometimes referred to as the way of tea, is more than just drinking a cup of deep green, frothy matcha (powdered green tea).

It is a spiritual art itself and it represents the Japanese hospitality at its best.

The Japanese tea ceremony has a heavy influence from Zen Buddhism.

The graceful movements of the host of the tea ceremony, the minimalist tearoom set-up, arts inside the room, the choice of the sweets, everything has a meaning.

Participating in a tea ceremony is a great way to look deep inside the hearts and minds of the Japanese.

Let me introduce you to 5 best places where you can enjoy “the way of tea” in Kyoto!

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Top 5 Best Places for Tea Ceremony in Kyoto!Experience Japanese Culture

1.Tea Ceremony Ju-An/茶室 聚庵

The Tea Ceremony Juan offers the only authentic and Zen-consecrated Japanese tea ceremony in a small tea room with a traditional Japanese garden.

You can experience the tea ceremony, accompanied with the sweets between 11am and 17:00pm,

The hostess is very knowledgeable,she explains the history and significance of Japanese tea ceremony in fluent English.

You can observe the rituals and the culture of the Japanese tea ceremony while being comfortably seated.

The tea ceremony is available at 2,000yen per person and you need to reserve in advance.

Address: 508 Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Location: 7 minutes from JR Kyoto station
Phone:090 1138 4480
Email address:teaceremonykyoto@gmail.com
Open Hour: Mon-Sun(①11:00- ②12:00-③13:30-④14:30-⑤16:00-⑥17:00-)
Closed:14-15th Aug.(Obon Period)&1st Jan to 3rd Jan.
Price:Adult 2,000yen,Between 6 and 14 years old:1000 Yen
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2.“En” in Gion/茶道体験スペースEn

En “En” is a small Japanese style teahouse located in Gion.

At En, you can experience the Japanese tea ceremony in the traditional setting in the Japanese tatami room, where the kimono-attired host will explain the culture, etiquette of the Japanese tea ceremony.

The ceremony starts at every hour between 14:00 and 18:00 and priced at ¥2,500 per person.

You can also request for a private tea ceremony to enjoy the serenity and deeper learning.

The private service is available starting at 2 persons (¥4,500 per person).

En is located right next to Chion-in Temple in a small alley, accessible by City Bus #206 (a short walk from Chion-in Mae).

Reservation is recommended.

Address:272, Matsubara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location: 10 minute walk from Higashiyama subway station,15 minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo station
Phone:080-3782-2706
Email:info@teaceremonyen.com
*Please write 1.Name,2.Number of people,3.Date,4.Time,5.Group or Private in the email.
Open Hour:Group tea ceremony (45mins) Mon-Sun (①14:00- ②15:00-③16:00-④17:00-⑤18:00-)
Private tea ceremony (45mins)(①13:00- ②14:00-③19:00-)
Closed:1st Jan to 3rd Jan
Price:Group 2,500yen Private 4,500 yen
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3.Camellia in Ninenzaka and Ryoan-ji Temple Areas/茶道体験 カメリア

Camellia Located right off the major tourist spot of Ninenzaka near Kiyomizu temple, Camellia offers a sense of peace and tranquility away from the mass waves of tourists outside.

You can join in a group tea ceremony, where the bilingual host articulately shares the history and the culture of the Japanese tea ceremony.

After the orientation, you get to observe the host performs the ceremony, which will be followed by your own trial of making matcha tea.

The ceremony is available at every hour between 10:00 to 17:00 and costs 2,000yen per person.

The unique feature here is that they have a partnership with the kimono rental shop, Yume Kyoto, where you can rent a Kimono for the tea ceremony at a discounted price.

Camellia also offers the private ceremony for those who prefer to enjoy the ceremony in the comfort of your own group, which costs 6,000 yen per person (2 pax min).

The private tea ceremony is offered at a different location, where the teahouse has a nice Japanese garden, located near Ryoanji temple.

Address:349-12 Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location: 10 minute walk from Higashiyama subway station,15 minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo station
Phone:075-525-3238
Email:camellia.teaceremony@gmail.com
Open Hour:Mon-Sun 10:00〜18:00(①10:00- ②11:00-③12:00-④13:00-⑤14:00-⑥15:00-⑦17:00-)Please inquire if you wish a 18:00 session.
Closed:-
Price: Adult:2,000yen Child:1,000yen Rental Kimono+Tea ceremony:5,000yen
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Next,let’s experience tea ceremony at a reasonable price in Uji!
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4.Taiho-an in Uji/宇治の対鳳庵

It is in Uji city that the Japanese tea was believed to be first cultivated.

Uji remains to be the best producer of the premium green tea today.

Located conveniently across the World Heritage Site, Byodo-in temple, Taiho-an is a nice little teahouse operated by the City Government of Uji.

It offers matcha along with the Japanese traditional sweats for ¥500 only.

You can also have the tea ceremony for ¥1,200 though you need to reserve 3 days in advance.

Tea is served at a table and chair setting, so you don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable on the tatami mat, if that is your concern.

Tickets must be purchased at the Tourism Information Center, which stands right next to the Taiho-an.

For further information, please refer to the brochure of Taiho-an.

Here is a video of Taihouan from YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4LewHrNXR0

Address:1-5,Togawa,Uji,Uji-shi
Location:10 minute walk from the Keihan Uji-line Uji Station,15 minute walk from JR Nara-line Uji Station
Phone: 0774-23-3334
Email address:info@kyoto-uji-kankou.or.jp
Open Hour:Mon-Sun 10:00〜16:00 
Duration:2 hours
Closed:21th of Dec.to 9th of Jan.
Price:Tea Ceremony 1,200 yen *you need to reserve 3 days in advance
Matcha:Usutya(Weak tea)500yen *Reservation is not required 
Koitya(Strong tea)&Usutya 1,500yen*you need to reserve 3 days in advance
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5.Nagomi in Ninenzaka Area/和

Nagomi Another great place in Ninenzaka area is Nagomi.

You will have the calm and relaxing ceremony, as the name “nagomi” literally suggests.

The English fluent host will give you the brief background of the tea ceremony, history and the meaning of the rituals.

You will enjoy observing the graceful movements of the host making and presenting the tea, and you get to try making your own matcha as well.

At Nagomi, you get to pick your own teacup based on what feels right in your eyes and on your hands.

They also offer the discounted service for kimono rental at Yume Kyoto, so you might want to participate in the ceremony wearing your favorite kimono.

The tea ceremony is 2,300yen (discounted price until February 28, 2018 instead of the regular price of 2,500yen), but they also have a set menu of the ceremony and a souvenir teacup, a whisk, and a tea scoop for only 4,500yen.

Address:Kanda bamboo crafts shop 2F,349-7 Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Location:10 minute walk from Higashiyama subway station,15 minute walk from Keihan Gionshijo station
Phone:075-205-4538
Email:info@kyoto-nagomi-tea.com
Open Hour:Mon-Sun 10:00〜18:00(①10:00- ②11:00-③13:00-④14:00-⑤15:00-⑥16:00-⑦17:00-)
Closed:-
Price:1 psn:2,500yen 2-4 psns:2,300yen,5-9 psns:2,200yen,10 psns:2,000yen Child under 12 year old:1,500yen
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Afterwords

Tea ceremony is one of the best way to experience Japanese culture.

My favorite tea ceremony place is Taiho-an in Uji-city.

It’s not famous among foreign tourists,but you can experience authentic tea ceremony at a reasonable price.

You should drop by there if you visit Byodoin temple.

I hope you enjoy the tea ceremony in Kyoto!


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