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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 80-3782-2706
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Good introduction to a tea ceremony

I had a good time learning about the atmosphere and procedures of a tea ceremony here. It was surprisingly artful. And the hostess was lovely and knowledgeable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Went here with my wife to a private ceremony. When we arrived, there was still people in the previous ceremony, so we rescheduled for half an hour later (no problem with that). The location is not so simple to find. It is next to a noodle shop and about 10 feet from a big gate (don't remember the name). The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I had a good time learning about the atmosphere and procedures of a tea ceremony here. It was surprisingly artful. And the hostess was lovely and knowledgeable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A very meditative experience in watching this dignified ritual take place. Learnt a lot about the significance of tea in Japanese life and culture. The lecture or explanations by the hosts are in spoken in perfectly good english and really insightful. I was also glad they asked the tourists to stop taking videos and photos (what is it with people... More 

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Perth, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

If you are interested in seeing how traditional tea ceremony's are conducted then this is for you. It costs 20000 but is worth it. You are introduced to your host which goes through all the instruments used in the ceremony. The ceremony is performed and then you are able to make your own tea using a simplified version of the... More 

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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I highly recommend this tea ceremony. It is a great insight on the specifics of tea & the ceremony. The hosts are gracious, kind, & informational. We were two people who did a group ceremony. It was awesome, except for a rude couple who kept whispering in the beginning, and the person near me kept saying 'ahhhh' after each explanation.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was something I have wanted to do for years and it did not disappoint! Quite tricky to find at first as it is in a side alleyway off the main street - but this helps with making it nice and quiet. A traditional set up with lovely staff. They explain the tradition of the tea ceremony and demonstrate it... More 

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Nairn
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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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Amsterdam
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

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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