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Tea Ceremony Experience En

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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 80-3782-2706
12:00 am - 8:00 pm
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En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

You can...

En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

You can enjoy an authentic tea ceremony experience first hand.

Tea ceremony (the way of tea) is one of Japan's traditional cultural practices, and is a name given to an art that synthesizes the preparation and drinking of tea together with spirituality, history, architecture, the appreciation of handmade tea utensils.

En offers a participatory introduction to Japanese tea ceremony for everyone to enjoy!

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A pleasant introduction to the world of tea!

A friendly introduction to the tea ceremony experience that does not take itself too seriously! Affordable and in a convenient location in the Gion district.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2016
Oliver O
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Arezzo, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though we booked a few months in advance we had a ceremony with 10 people.. That in a small room means absolutely not a great experience, mechanic. I didn't expect such a tourist attraction but something more near to the actual japanese tea ceremony.

Thank Elledan66
En-staff, マネージャー at Tea Ceremony Experience En, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to En and we are sorry that you didn't satisfy a tea ceremony in a group. We should have suggested you to experience a private tea ceremony if you don't want to do with another guests. Summer is high season, so we sometimes have 10 guests in a group tea ceremony but winter time has less... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coming from a post-Brexit UK, this was quite pricey - 2000 Yen for 45 minutes. Good description of a tea ceremony, and nicely presented. When we visited, it was quite cramped in the room - they seemed to have packed in more people for the slot. However, it was interesting and the two people taking us through the experience were... More 

Thank RS1986
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

A friendly introduction to the tea ceremony experience that does not take itself too seriously! Affordable and in a convenient location in the Gion district.

Thank Oliver O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We were eager to learn more about the tea ceremony and we found out about this place on Tripadvisor. The price is OK, 2000 yen per person when sitting in a group of 12 people, and we definitely learned some interesting facts about the Japanese tea ceremony. I guess you can't ask for much more than that for the money.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Found this fascinating and the people very hospitable, friendly and informative. When we consider that tea and the tea ceremony are at the heart of Japanese culture then I think anyone slightly interested in learning more of this culture should experience the tea ceremony. And for sure, En will not disappoint.

Thank Martyn B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Your trip to Kyoto is not complete unless you attend a tea ceremony. This one is educational and interesting. The staff speak very good English and the ceremony is explained in depth with lots of time for questions. I recommending wearing nice clothes that you can sit on the floor in- don't wear a short shirt or anything low cut... More 

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Columbia, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

It is a very interesting tea ceremony. We enjoyed the ritual and drinking the tea we made. I later purchased a cup, whisk and powdered green tea to make and serve tea.

Thank JaneColumbia_TN
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Such a truly thought provoking and enriching experience. This is a must do if you visit Kyoto. I may be over romanticising but at night in the pouring rain made this even better. Respect, peace, harmony and tranquility are your lessons from this quaint traditional tea ceremony room down a side street. The host and the tea master speak excellent... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We wanted to go to a Tea Ceremony. This was a nice small environment to experience this part of the culture. There was a lot of information about the ritual of the ceremony and the history of it all. You also get to make your own green tea!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This is a lesson in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, it is not a teahouse where you order anything. We made a reservation for the ceremony, and when we got there, we waited just a few minutes before being let inside by two women who had pretty good English. Appreciating it for this fact is how you'll come to enjoy... 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.