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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 80-3782-2706
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Attending a tea ceremony is one of my to-dos in Japan. I attended the ceremony with low expectations given what I'd read about it on trip advisor. It was the only one I could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The tea ceremony was developed in Kyoto. The principle is "one lifetime, one meeting". everything is full symbolism and tradition with commentary about the etiquette and Zen tradition. Our host was very kind. She explained the way of tea admiring the tea utensils, watching the tea being prepared, bowing, and consuming the sweets and tea. It is your appreciation of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Attending a tea ceremony is one of my to-dos in Japan. I attended the ceremony with low expectations given what I'd read about it on trip advisor. It was the only one I could organise at the last minute and during the holiday peak period. Organising the ceremony was effortless via email. Finding the place was a bit of a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Our En tea ceremony was enjoyable for not only me, but my husband also enjoyed the experience! My son and his girlfriend also enjoyed this activity. We were able to find the location with directions clearly given on the web site, including directions written in Japanese for the taxi driver. It is located right next to a shrine, so there... More 

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Nuuk, Greenland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Fun experience when in Japan although it did not blow me away. It is interesting to get an insight into the slightly bizarre World and wonders of the japanese Tea ceremony. There are many rituals and it all seems very old fashioned bordering to outdated. Having said that, on a rainy day this is a good way to spend an... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

I made a reservation via email and it was quick and easy. The tea ceremony has many steps and it is respectful and quiet. The reasons behind the steps could use a little more explanations but since the basic ceremony that we experienced was already quiet intricate and contain many steps, I feel that I learn a whole lot! Getting... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We attended this on my birthday and I was made the guest of honour, so received the bowl of tea. This is an experience in Japanese tradition and was very interesting to watch and partake. After watching the process which we were told was a basic ceremony (but it did not seem that way), we were given the opportunity to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

We didnt know what to expect from this event. I heard a lot and seeing on the tv about the famous Japanesse Tea Ceremony. I love tea and i like Japanesse tea that I tried in ruamen restaurant in Japan. Its not difficult to find but its not easy to find as well. We asked the local on the buss... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We got to the tea ceremony right on the start time and they were ready to go. I'm not sure if they would let people in after the start time as they take it seriously and while they are going through the ceremony movements they ask that you do not speak. At the start they give you a brief explanation... More 

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Los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I came here and had an amazing experience!! We were welcomed in by a very nice girl who made us feel very relaxed and at home. She asked us where we were from and how our time in Japan was going so far and told us some Information about Kyoto and Osaka which was nice. The tea... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

We booked the En tea ceremony the day before attending via email which was a very easy exchange. A little hard to find but the emailed map and google maps really helped. The room was small and about 12 people in attendance with two small fans going full blast so on the 36C degree day it got a bit hot.... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.