4 Best Places to Attend Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

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Tea ceremony has been around this country since the eighth century when tea seeds were first brought from China. Formerly, tea was used mainly for medication purpose as to treat diseases. Since then, tea is now used as a drink and an important part of a tea ceremony, particularly in Japan. Tea ceremony is considered as a spiritual event in which both guests and the host will enter a peaceful atmosphere. Every movement, decorations and utensils carry a symbolic meaning which is vital in preparing the ceremony. Furthermore, the guests and host need to follow the etiquette to respect the sanctity of a tea ceremony.

Matcha and wagashi.

In Japan, tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or Ocha. The must-have elements in a tea ceremony are matcha, wagashi (sweets) and tea utensils. Most people are very interested to participate in a tea ceremony, therefore, check out our list of tea ceremony places in Kyoto.

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya

One of the most popular tea ceremony places in Japan is Maikoya. Maikoya also has another branch in Osaka. For a non-Japanese speaker, the place provides English and Chinese assistance to help the guests understand the ceremony better. A host will lead the ceremony by preparing the matcha and guests can enjoy wagashi (sweets). Wagashi helps to balance out the bitter taste of matcha. The ceremony usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Throughout the process, the host will explain everything that you need to know about the ceremony and feel free to ask questions to the host. These are the lists of Maikoya’s tea ceremony packages;

A host preparing the matcha. Image Source: RTW Reset.

  1. Kimono + Tea Ceremony

Guests will wear the traditional kimono including a coiffed hairdo to make their tea ceremony’s experience more authentic. This costs ¥5,200 per person.

  1. Kimono + PRIVATE Tea Ceremony

This package is strictly private to the guests who made the reservation. The price is ¥12,000.

Image Source: Maikoya Official Website.

  1. Casual clothes Tea Ceremony

If you are on a tight budget but still want to participate in the tea ceremony, you can opt for this package where you are allowed to wear casual clothes. This package costs ¥2,400 per person, slightly cheaper than the first package and it lasts up to 30 to 40 minutes.

  1. Japanese sweets making + Tea Ceremony

Apart from the tea ceremony, guests can make their own wagashi in a beautifully decorated tearoom. The fee is ¥5,200 per person.

Image Source: Maikoya Official Website. 

  1. Geisha & Maiko Tea Ceremony (Osaka)

This package is applicable for Maikoya in Osaka. A Geisha or Maiko will lead the ceremony and guests will be given a choice whether to sit on a cushion or a chair. It costs ¥10,500 per person.

Besides that, guests can take photos in Maikoya where they placed many Kyoto beautiful backgrounds inside the facility. If you would like to go here, you can do same-day bookings on their website.

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya

Address: 407-2 Shimomaruyacho (Kawaramachidori), Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city, Japan

Operating Hours: 9:00AM–7:00PM

Contact Number: 075-606-5303

Closest Train Station: Shiyakusho-mae Station.

Website: https://mai-ko.com/

Tea Ceremony En

This teahouse is located in a rather remote area, a little bit farther from the Yasaka Shrine. The Kanji words 縁 represents a connection between people and things, meanwhile, 円 is without interruption. Here, the host will explain the introduction of the tea ceremony and also matcha. After that, guests are allowed to make their matcha. En Tea Ceremony only has two main packages which are;

  1. Group Tea Ceremony

This group package is where you can enjoy the ceremony with other guests. The fee is ¥2,500 per person and lasts for 45 minutes.

Image Source: Tea Ceremony En Official Website.

  1. Private Tea Ceremony

Costs ¥4,500 per person, this private package allows participation for one person, but it costs ¥9,000. This package lasts for 45 minutes as well.

Image Source: Tea Ceremony En Official Website.

Tea Ceremony En

Address: 272, Matsubara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City

Operating Hours: 10:00AM–7:00PM

Contact Number: 080-3782-2706

Closest Train Station: Higashiyama Station

Website: http://www.teaceremonyen.com

Tea Ceremony Camellia Flower

Located nearby the famous Kiyomizudera Temple and Ryoan-ji Temple, Camellia Flower has two different locations for each of their packages. Guests can choose whether to rent a kimono to wear during the ceremony or just wear their casual clothes. Each session lasts up to 45 minutes. One of the great things about Camellia Flower is their locations. As mentioned, this place has separate locations for each of their packages. The two packages are;

  1. Flower Teahouse

After the host explains the tea ceremony, you can make your matcha as instructed by the host. You aren’t allowed to take photos with flash and also video. The fee per person is ¥3,000 for adults, ¥1,500 for children from the age of 12 to 7 and free for children under the age of 6. This package is situated in Ninenzaka, close to the Kiyomizudera Temple.

Image Source: Camellia Flower Official Website. 

  1. Garden Teahouse

For a private ceremony, Garden Teahouse will feast your eyes with its stunning view of the garden from the tearoom. Ryoan-ji Temple is one of the famous gardens in the world known for its beauty. The fee is ¥8,000 from the age of 7 and above and free for children under the age of 6. The fee for one person is ¥12,000.

Image Source: Camellia Flower Official Website.

Tea Ceremony Camellia Flower

Address: 18 Ryoanji Ikenoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8003.

Operating Hour: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Contact Number: 070-5656-7808

Closest Train Station: Ryoanji Station

Website: https://www.tea-kyoto.com/

Tea Ceremony Ju-An

A tea ceremony organized inside a Buddhist temple, Jotokuji, your experience here will be a little bit different from other places. In Ju-An, there are two tearooms, the first one is used during the summer season and the second room is for winter months.

Before the tea ceremony begins, they will bring you on a walking guided tour around the Jotokuji Temple. Then, you will be brought into the Grand Tearoom where you will learn about the history of tea ceremony. The host will prepare the matcha after. It is extremely crucial that you follow all the rules and etiquettes as explained by the staff. Each session takes around 70 minutes.

Guided tour around Jotokuji Temple. Image Source: Tea Ceremony Ju-An Official Website.

Guests are allowed to wear their normal clothes or rent a kimono. The group tea ceremony costs ¥2,800 per person for walk-ins and ¥2,400 if you pay in advance. For a private tea ceremony, the cost will be summed up when you fill up the online booking form.

Preparing matcha. Image Source: Tea Ceremony Ju-An Official Website.

Tea Ceremony Ju-An

Address: Tominokoji Dori, 556, Gojo-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8119, Japan

Operating Hours: 11:00AM-6:00PM

Contact Number: 090-1138-4480

Closest Train Station: JR Kyoto Station

Website: http://www.teaceremonykyoto.com/


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