Tea Ceremony Koto
Tea Ceremony Koto
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Just a 1minute walk from Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto.You can learn traditional tea ceremony in English. The way of tea is performed by a lecture of Urasenke, one of the famous tea schools in Japan! And You can make matcha tea by yourselves! It's Authentic tea ceremony chosen by many guests invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and many other VIP guests. Also, the host had received the hand writing calligraphy by 15th grand master of Urasenke. The biggest difference between other tea houses is Not only the demonstration, but also you can join tea ceremony as a guest by learning the process in English. The host follows the traditional Urasenke school faithfully. Masks, hand sanitizer, and face seals are free to use here. And we prepare an air purifier in the room.
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Neighborhood: Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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  • Stan Van Meel
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands57 contributions
    An experience worth going to
    Amazing experience, host was really lovely and sweet and dressed beautifully. She welcomed us and explained everything about the ceremony of tea. We learned the 4 steps and each of us got to do the ritual. We received a cup of Matcha. After we learned how to make a matcha ourselves and we all made a cup. After she offered to take a picture of us. Unfortunately, some of the other guests were laughing a bit, which seemed unfair to the Tea Masteress. I would definitely recommend this, but please be respectful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • micah_abl
    Manila, Philippines45 contributions
    Magical Tea Ceremony Experience
    Our Tea Master was very knowledgable about The Way of Tea. I have deep interest in tea and I wasn’t disappointed in how she handled our session. I loved how she explained the history of the tea ceremony and the value of every gesture involved in this ritual. I was amused knowing that the utensils used in the ceremony vary depending on the season. Our Tea Master speaks great English, which really helped. However, our group had many non-English speaking attendees and there were three late attendees which disrupted the atmosphere of our ceremony because instructions had to be repeated over and over again. However, I still learned so much and really enjoyed my time.
    Thank you very much for joining tea ceremony in Koto! I’m sorry it sometimes happens some people come late or don’t understand English very well in the group tea ceremony. But I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Japanese traditional culture! I really appreciate it:)
    Written December 7, 2018
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    Visited November 2018
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2018
  • Michelle M
    Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
    Kyoto Tea Ceremony
    Was an absolutely amazing experience, so elegant, so much detail and meticulous steps are required to perform the Tea Ceremony. The food was lovely and elegant. Could not recommend this highly enough, if you are lucky enough to be in Kyoto, do not miss it !!!!!
    Written April 29, 2018
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Jessie
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We arrived to Tea Ceremony Koto after visiting Kinkaku-ji temple, which was located close by. Once we entered, we realized we made our reservation for the wrong day. Our host was kind enough to let us put on Kimonos quickly and join for that day, which we greatly appreciated. Once the tea ceremony began, I could tell our host was very frustrated and wasn’t very warm or welcoming. Within the group, people spoke all different languages and their English was not very strong. She became most frustrated when people were not following her directions, but it was the language barrier that made it difficult for them to do so. For someone whose first language is English, you will find it interesting to learn about the tea ceremony and its customs in a short period of time. I do wish we had a warmer welcome to join in.
Written July 6, 2023
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MoniB
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Friends
I was there late March and the tea master was so rude. The ceremony was rushed, 10min it’s long. Nothing was explained, it was just eat this and then drink the tea and leave. I would find another tea house or maybe see if they have more than one tea master. After being really excited about this. It was very disappointing to have a terrible experience. We even got yelled at in Japanese by the tea master!!! Horrible experience.
Written April 1, 2023
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Kenneth C
1 contribution
Mar 2017 • Family
Rie was very knowledgeable in the art of tea ceremony. She was very fluent in english and she helped us put on our beautiful kimono. The matcha green tea was very good. The utensils were all very pretty. A great visit after Kinkaku-ji.
Written March 15, 2017
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Thank you very much for writing the message! I'm glad you liked Matcha tea and our tea utensils also! We have pretty tea utensils with spring paintings especially in March & April!
Written March 16, 2017
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Tamar K
14 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We really loved this ceremony! It made our Kyoto experience more traditional and special. The price was right for a 45 minutes ceremony.
Written October 19, 2016
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Thank you very much for your message! I really appericiate that many people are seeing your recommendation!
Written October 20, 2016
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jaephu
3 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
This is an excellent Intro to the tea ceremony. First, it starts with an overview of the ceremony and this includes what you should do and say throughout the ceremony. After this, you will get to be a guest at the tea ceremony and then learn to make your own tea.

Now that I know how, I will try to make this at home. I love matcha!
Written September 15, 2016
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Thank you very much for coming yesterday! I'm glad to hear that you love matcha. It's not only delicious but also good for your health (*^o^*)
Written September 16, 2016
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Kmastor75
Athens, Greece27 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
Thank you, Rie (again and again...) for the demonstration and the acquaintance of tea mystagogy...It was a unique experience!
She answered all the questions about the tea ceremony and the place is ideal as the place is nearest (100m or so...) from the amazing Kinkaku place.
A place to be if you want to know better and deeper the Japanese culture and civilisation...
It's like entering to a time machine. Surely recommended.
Written December 30, 2015
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Tj Singh
Essendon, Australia4 contributions
Host was very gracious and made sure we had an absolutely amazing experience. She explained the history of tea making and then made us make a cuppa 😃.

Highly recommended.
Written December 21, 2019
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Koto T
Thank you very much for your message! I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed my tea ceremony in KOTO. Since here is Japanese old traditional house, I think guests can feel Zen spirit more than in the new city buildings:)
Written December 22, 2019
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Alejandro Infante
Miami, FL65 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Private Tea Ceremony was fun, a relaxing break from the crowds of the Golden Pavillion. We learned history and appreciated even more the culture of Japan while engaging in the ceremony with our host. This is a highly recommended experience, especially in a small group.
Written June 5, 2019
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Koto T
Thank you very much for coming to Tea Ceremony Koto and writing the review!! I’m glad to hear that you could feel relaxed in the tea room. We also recommend to join Private session to feel more calm and peaceful.
Written June 6, 2019
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ElinkaLondon
London, UK7 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I went to visit tea ceremony privately and solo . Unfortunately I was late by 15 min due to traffic on the streets . Was greeted by 2 ladies at the front , you are asked to take your shoes off as you enter although no slippers are provided to you at this stage . So I had to stay barefoot on the floor for almost 5 min while I was making a payment etc . Then was offered to stand on a cushion .
From that moment everything was exceptionally rashes . I was basically expected to pay , get fitted into kimono and complete ceremony in 30 min.
Lady performing ceremony was dressing me in kimono in a very rushed away , and as for actual ceremony she was talking so fast -I could barely understand anything .
Overall even 45 min would not be enough ( if I was not late ), you really don’t want to rush when you have an experience like that .
I understand it is a busy time . But instead of trying to fit in as many clients as possible within a day , they should concentrate on providing more quality service to fewer clients .
I would not recommend , especially for the price I paid 11,640 yen
Written March 29, 2019
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I’m sad to hear that. We had once thought you might not come because it often happens the guests who booked without paying don’t come. But we were waiting for you. We usually accept the reservation with the payment in advance but It was the night one day before you booked, so we could not send the link. In addition, you confirmed the finish time was 11:35 by the email. We managed to perform the tea ceremony because it was the private session, but we sometimes have to refuse to enter when the guests were late 15 minutes and tea ceremony has already started in the group session, which needs the quiet atmosphere. In reality, We always try not to refuse, but unfortunately we often experience customers who are late complains about our session and write bad review. The reason is they couldn’t experience whole things. But I guess the customer will be more upset if we refuse to enter. We can flexibly work when we have no reservation after, but it’s difficult to manage it especially in cherry blossom season. And of course we never prepare slippers for tea room. It’s the custom in Japan.
Written March 30, 2019
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wpack
Northern California127 contributions
Harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity we learned are the four principles of the tea ceremony. Rie, the lovely owner embodies these principles and if you let yourself, you will leave feeling better for the experience. My husband and I made reservations easily online and asked a follow up question and received a prompt and thorough response. We enjoyed the optional experience of dressing in kimonos (well worth the extra) and appreciated the care and attention to detail of this traditional outfit. We were dressed by the owners mother who was charming and so experienced! We learned some history, philosophy and tea making. I won’t say too much about the ceremony because you simply must experience it yourself. Take a pic before it starts then leave your phone and camera behind and be in the moment. Learn and experience!
Written March 24, 2019
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