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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 80-3782-2706

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2014
Anthony C
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 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
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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
21 helpful votes 21 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Ann Arbor MI
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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 

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