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Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN

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Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN

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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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ManitraRakotoson wrote a review Jan 2020
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We had a wonderful and unforgettable moment @Camellia Garden, Kyoto in Decemmber 2019. We had a very high expectation of this tour and what we lived and experienced @that venue entirely satisfied our curiosity. Our hostess, Keiko was very professional and managed to make us familiar with the rituals related to the tea ceremony and to let us know that tea ceremony was also another way of life. We will always remember that tea ceremony helps everyone to find peace and serenity among the bustling life outside. The view on the Japanese style garden was very important too since while the tea ceremony was happening, that garden cultivated an atmosphere full of harmony and beauty. The fact that we were allowed to take pictures of and to record the ceremony meant so much to us since we were coming from a very far island and might not have another opportunity to experience this tour. This was a moment to be remembered eternally and to be cherished forever. Our most sincere thanks to all the team @Camellia Garden Kyoto. Best wishes to you all.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN
Responded Feb 11, 2020
Dear duw1203, Greetings from Kyoto. We are thrilled to have welcomed you to Camellia Garden, and Keiko in particular sends her best wishes. Your heartwarming words mean a great deal, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your experience in the teahouse. Naturally we hope that you have an opportunity to visit us again some day in the future, but it is quite wonderful to know that for now you have returned home with some unforgettable memories. Until we meet again, all the best!
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sebastianromerocruz wrote a review Jan 2020
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In visiting Kyoto, one is already in for very different experience than that of the bustling metropolises of Tokyo or even Osaka. Kyoto prides itself in being the cultural, traditional, and intellectual centre of Japan, and for good reason. Even still, among the various temples, strolls through narrow streets, and charming street car rides, nothing made us feel closer to the heart of Japanese hospitality than our time with the Camellia team. We, embarrassingly, arrived at the wrong destination, some 30 minutes away by taxi from the other (make sure to triple check where you reserved your visit!!). Even so, the staff at the other destination diligently made arrangements with the other, and waited for us to arrive at the correct location. As if this alone hadn't been enough, Maya, our gracious host, made no mention of it past our repeated apologies and encouraged us to relax and enjoy our time. Of important note is the location. An old traditional-styled house tucked away in sleepy north Kyoto, we felt as if we were visiting an old friend and being treated to some first-rate hospitality (unsurprisingly, the house actually belongs to a family that lives not too far away). Maya began by asking a bit about us and our interest, before providing (in immaculate English) a concise yet informative history of the tea ceremony, as well as instruction on how we, as guests, might best enjoy it.. She then offered us each a piece of wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet that Kyoto is itself famous for. As everything about the tea ceremony is done one step at a time, Maya explained, we have sweets first before actual delving into the ceremony itself. The sweets were delicious and seasonal. Maya encouraged us to take as much photo and video as we wanted. Finally we moved on to the ceremony in the the main tea room. Maya explained the procedure and encouraged us to follow with the steps of the recipient, but she explained that it was by no means necessary to adhere to them 100% and that, as guests, it was more important that we enjoyed watching. I don't want to write too much about it here, but rather encourage everybody reading this to experience it for yourselves. It was by far my favourite experience while visiting the old capital, and cannot wait to come back just to do it over again. Thank you again Maya and team for being so accommodating to our lateness. Please continue to provide the excellent service you gave us and keeping the old traditions of Japan alive.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Dear Sebastian, The warmest of greetings from Kyoto. We would first like to thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences at Camellia Garden, it is very much appreciated. Reviews not only help us take a considered look at our experiences, but also offer helpful insights for guests who are planning on visiting us. Your feedback is extremely heartwarming, and I have made sure to pass on your kind words to Maya and the rest of the Camellia team. For those reading, we should mention that we have two teahouses in Kyoto. They sit on opposite sides of the city, and although we do our best to make sure guests arrive at the correct destination, mishaps happen. Should you arrive at the wrong teahouse, we will do our best to push your session back or reschedule. The distance between the teahouses is approximately 30 minutes by taxi and 50 minutes by bus (which can be quite slow during the busier seasons). It is truly wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed yourselves, and to know how much you felt at home. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Until then, the very best of wishes from Maya and the rest of the Camellia team.
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denleypryan wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
The location was beautiful. Very peaceful and serene. Maya was our tea teacher. She was very nice and informative. We would like to come back and visit if we return to Kyoto!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Dear denleypryan, Greetings from Kyoto! A huge thank you for joining us at Camellia Garden. Maya sends her best wishes, and is so glad you enjoyed your time at the teahouse. We hope your trip to Japan was a memorable one, and we look forward to welcoming you again when you are next this way. Until next time!
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bmorty14 wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois34 contributions19 helpful votes
What a beautiful setting and friendly host that took us through the traditional tea ceremony and explained all the components. We also recieved a delicious Japanese treat (that was vegan and gluten free!). Definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN
Responded Jan 9, 2020
Dear bmorty14, We hope that your year is off to a good start. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is very much appreciated by everyone here. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope that you will have an opportunity some time in the future to call in on us again. Best wishes! ***For those reading, all the sweets used at Camellia Garden and Camellia Flower teahouses are gluten and nut free, and vegan friendly. We want all our tea ceremonies to be as inclusive as possible, so if you have any questions about the sweets served, or anything else for that matter, do get in touch.***
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GlobeJourney365 wrote a review Jan 2020
Community of Madrid, Spain4 contributions3 helpful votes
We went to both Camellia Flowers and Camellia Gardens. I recommend strongly to book the private Tea Ceremony at Camellia Gardens. It is worth of difference in the price.It is more authentic and calm environment at Gardens. Did not feel rushed and cut short as it felt in the Flowers. Maya attended us at the Gardens.she was really entretaining, she has been practicing for tea Master many years and was willing to answer questions, took time to explain interesting details from the tradition and history of the Tea Ceremony in Japan. And matcha quality was excellent.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN
Responded Jan 7, 2020
Dear GlobeJourney365, Greetings from everyone at Camellia Garden and Camellia Flower. Maya in particular sends her best wishes, and was thrilled to perform tea ceremony for you twice. We hope you had a memorable time in the teahouses, and that you come back to see us again when you are next in Japan. Our two teahouses couldn't be more different. We try to cater for guests no matter their budget and schedules (though we do actually use the same high quality Matcha at both locations). That said, we're so happy that you had the opportunity to enjoy Camellia Garden on two occasions! Have a safe trip home. See you again soon!
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