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Tea Ceremony Experience En

272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0063, Japan
+81 80-3782-2706
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Ranked #24 of 59 Activities in Kyoto
Type: Classes/Workshops
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a brief introduction to the real tea ceremony. It lasts about an hour, while the real ceremony about 4 hours. The room is small, but warm and typical, the host is very friendly with an excellent English. She explains almost everything about the ceremony and also satisfies the curiosity of the participants. You can also prepare your own... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We booked a private ceremony here (4,000 yen a head). The ceremony lasted 45 minutes, during which we were taught the history of the tea ceremony, and how the ceremony is conducted. You are also shown how to make the tea, whisk the tea etc. The experience is incredibly interesting to learn about, and this is something you must do... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

En tea ceremony was my long term favorite, until i disappointedly realized that the quality of this activity was decreasing. From 1hour, it goes to 45mn now, it doesnt seems to be done by Akiko anymore, but by multiple persons, training newbies and accepting more customers than this small room could afford, without losing the ambiance of calm & serenity,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

The tea ceremony is highly recommended in the tourist guides, so we wanted to experience this ourselves. The costs are 2000 yen per person for the group session, which lasts about 45 minutes. The arrival was not a warm welcome. It's paying and go and sit down, where in Japan we have seen the opposite. Our host did not have... More

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Ann Arbor MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

While not the highest ranked Kyoto tea ceremony on Tripadvisor it was convenient to fit in among other tours. Gave us a chance to walk around Gion after the En experience. Very nice, refined experience with one kimono clad woman giving an introduction and another performing the ceremony. Then a chance to do it yourself. After this ceremony we did... More

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

For 20,000 yen you are scheduled for a 45-minute tea ceremony. Ours barely hit 40 minutes with the tea master struggling to come up with things to talk about. She ended up repeating much of what was explained during the introduction. Really there wasn't much learned or done in this session, other than whisking your own cup of matcha tea,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is highly recommended on travel guides and was in walking distance from our Ryokan in Gion. We couldn't attend a private session for two people as they were fully booked so we attended the 5pm session. The hosts were lovely and accommodating (we had to change times last minute) however people were still being sent in half way... More

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terashimaakiko, オーナー at Tea Ceremony Experience En, responded to this review

We are sorry for this situation. Guests usually can't enter a tea room once it starts, so we asked guests who were late to come back next session but the guests told us that they have to catch a bullet train from Kyoto station at 7pm, it means no time to come back, and they really would like to experience... More

Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I always want to experience japan tea ceremony. And I finally I did. It is relieving experience. The session consist of 3 section: 1. Explanation on the philosophy of tea ceremony 2. Demonstration 3. Make your own tea! I came with kids, and amazingly the kids enjoy this session, but everyone might have different experience about bringing kids to this... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

On our trip to Kyoto, I agreed to partake in a traditional tea ceremony with my wife if she went to Samurai Kembu with me. This was my very first experience with the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, and it completely took me by surprise. I thought, "You make tea, and then you serve it. Pretty simple." I was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I just arrived kyoto today and found tjis place was quite close to me. I myself is a tea drinker and had took a medium level Chinese tea culture training. Chinese tea culture and the japanese equivalent donot have a lot in common but we both want to present the best to our guests. the friendly staff there speal fairly... More

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