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Authentic and Unforgettable!

My wife and I attended the full tea and dinner ceremony (Chaji f course),sharing it with another... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
Andrew S
Newcastle, Australia
Beautiful and Authentic Tea Ceremony

A beautiful way to experience an authentic tea ceremony and learn the way of tea from a tea master... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2017
New York City, New York
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Mar 4, 2017
“Authentic and Unforgettable!”
Jan 8, 2017
“Beautiful and Authentic Tea Ceremony”
Joukeian is a tea room where you can partake in the rich experience of Japanese tea ceremony. Joukeian offers various courses from a short course to a night course nad Chaji (full-course). Immerse yourself in the art and beauty of the tea room, tea...more
1-24 Yamanouchicho, Sennyuji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0977, Kyoto Prefecture
Southern Kyoto
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

My wife and I attended the full tea and dinner ceremony (Chaji f course),sharing it with another Japanese couple. It was truly unique. I have experienced a short form of the tea ceremony 27 years ago but this was something else altogether. Soukou is an...More

1  Thank Andrew S
Reviewed January 8, 2017

A beautiful way to experience an authentic tea ceremony and learn the way of tea from a tea master. The house is in a non tourist neighborhood walking distance (about 15 minutes) from the Hyatt Regency Kyoto (to give you an idea of where it...More

Thank ChRubin
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were fortunate enough to experience this tea ceremony. It is not an experience with a wow factor but rather an experience in mindfulness even in what seems insignificantly. We learned a valuable phrase Ichi-go ichi-e. Meaning something to the extent of...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed June 20, 2016

We wanted to experience a genuine tea ceremony while in Kyoto, so did quite a lot of research to look for one. A lot of the experience I have found felt very lacking - short session that focused just only on the tea drinking part...More

1  Thank cheeseninja
Reviewed January 29, 2016

I was accompanying my parents on their first trip to Japan and was looking for an authentic introduction to the Japanese tea experience. Joukeian did not disappoint. We only had time for the beginners' short course but it was an hour well spent. I could...More

2  Thank CameronInJapan
Reviewed October 21, 2015

Very charming, authentic and personal tea ceremony experience. We booked a tea ceremony that consisted of a light meal and two tea servings, one of which was reserved with a Japanese sweet. The tea ceremony is held at the premises of Mrs. Matsumoto in a...More

Thank mbroek2004
Reviewed August 28, 2015

While on our honeymoon in Japan we had wanted to experience a tea ceremony, but had heard some were not very authentic. After a little research, we found Joukeian and we were very happy we did. Matsumoto-san managed to fit us in at quite late...More

1  Thank LauraRadon
Reviewed December 21, 2014

Joukeian tea ceremony experience was the one of the our trip's highlight in Kyoto. It was the perfect arrival after we had seen beautiful autumn leaves at the Imakumanokannon-ji (only 5 min away from Joukeian). Matsumoto-san's first welcome was already graceful with Sado manners. I'm...More

3  Thank Jamesakira
Reviewed December 12, 2014

Joukeian was one of the very best parts of our recent trip to Japan. Soukou was delightful and knowledgable, appropriately serious and formal but delightfully warm and generous, putting us at ease during our first tea ceremony. The garden, tea room, and tea accoutrements were...More

2  Thank adastraallen
Reviewed November 9, 2014

Our host was Matsumoto-san who is a well-versed master of Chado. She explained carefully the steps to Chado and demonstrated with interaction with her guests. It was extremely educational and rewarding, not to mention her place was beautiful. She also prepared sweets that went extremely...More

2  Thank majyo_J
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