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1-24 Yamanouchicho, Sennyuji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0977 Kyoto Prefecture
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Kyoto Virtual Tour
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Kyoto Virtual Tour

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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. The friendly host 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 when you book the tour.
$14.13 per adult
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Andrew S wrote a review Mar 2017
Newcastle, Australia7 contributions4 helpful votes
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 amazing host providing food, tea and sake of the highest quality, welcoming us into her place and giving us an authentic, almost meditative experience.This was a highlight of our Japanese trip and well worth the investment.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Cheryl R wrote a review Jan 2017
New York City, New York23 contributions12 helpful votes
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 is). It is an old house without heat so be prepared (especially with warm socks) if it is a cold day. Soko-san is a tea master and explains the way of tea to provide a better understanding of Japanese culture. You will experience a real tea ceremony. If you cannot sit directly on the tatami mats, let Soko-san know in advance so she can set up low chairs. Memorable and Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Tom M wrote a review Aug 2016
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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 every experience is unique...and to my mind, to be appreciated. Also we had the chai course, which was delicious cooking....possibly best meal I have had in Japan as it was prepared with such heart. I probably would have enjoyed the experience more if I wasn't distracted by being sweaty from the weather in August. After after remember to visit the many quiet and impressive shrines around to slowly experience without all the crowds...they really are beautiful and humbling.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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cheeseninja wrote a review Jun 2016
London, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
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 of the experience, until I stumbled on Joukeian. Website is extremely informative and booking was also straight forward. Soukou-san was very helpful and explained everything clearly. On the day of the ceremony, we were delayed as our flights were delayed and as a result were late for almost 2 hours! We were extremely sorry but Soukou-san waited patiently for us and the whole experience was amazing! It totally saved our day. We went for one of the longer Chaji course. Soukou-san prepared everything herself, including the food and dessert and they are all delicious! I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone that is looking for a genuine tea ceremony experience to visit Joukeian, and pick one of the longer courses for a great experience!
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Date of experience: February 2016
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CameronInJapan wrote a review Jan 2016
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
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 go on and agree with many of the other comments on this page but what made it special for us were the little things. My parents were worried about sitting on the floor but Mrs Matsumoto had planned ahead with comfortable stools for them. I was worried that it would be too far for my parents to walk back to the train station but Mrs Matsumoto called a taxi for us. We were so glad they we had brought a gift of our local tea from home as a thank you. Having left our worries with our shoes at the door, we were then free to enjoy our all too brief time together.
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Date of experience: November 2015
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