Tea Ceremony Koto

Tea Ceremony Koto, Kyoto: Address, Phone Number, Tea Ceremony Koto Reviews: 5/5

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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Tj Singh
Essendon, Australia4 contributions
Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony
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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Edward Swire
London, UK5 contributions
Fantastic cultural experience with exceptional host!
Me and my friends were looking for something traditional to do whilst in Kyoto and stumbled upon this little gem. Very informative and highly recommend to anyone looking for something authentic.
Written September 28, 2019
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Koto T
Thank you very much for joining Tea Ceremony and writing this message! I always prepare the tea utensils which suits to seasons and best organic matcha tea grown in Uji Kyoto. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed them!
Written September 30, 2019
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Toni
Munich, Germany640 contributions
Interesting experience
Sep 2019 • Couples
Interesting ceremony. They offer a lot of explanations and the lady performing the ceremony is a professional. We paid about 25€ per person for a 45 minute ceremony with only 5 other guests.
Written September 9, 2019
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Thank you very much for your message! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the informations of Japanese tea ceremony. I’m always willing to answer any questions about tea ceremony and Japanese traditional culture here.
Written September 11, 2019
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Alejandro Infante
Miami, FL50 contributions
Engaging, relaxing and educational experience. Matcha tea at its best
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
Not as expected
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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Nicola A
Chatham, UK68 contributions
Tea in Kyoto
Mar 2019 • Family
Yesterday we joined Rie for a Tea Ceremony, there were only five of us in our session (3 from our family). It was interesting to watch how the ceremony was performed and we got to make our own tea as well. Loved wearing the kimono �. Easy location to find and very welcoming host.
Written March 25, 2019
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Thank you very much for coming to Tea Ceremony Koto! My mother and I were happy to meet you all! Since guests can wear kimono in the same house with tea ceremony, it’s easy access even they are busy with traveling. Kimono looked nice on you !
Written March 26, 2019
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wpack
Northern California107 contributions
Wa Kei Sei Jaku
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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DrWiz1944
Novi, MI210 contributions
Awesome Learning Experience
May 2018 • Couples
The instructors did for those in the class what would have been impossible on our own. The art of preparing, drinking and honoring such a practice was great.
Written March 7, 2019
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Thank you very much for coming to Tea Ceremony Koto !! Tea Ceremony is the gateway to see the spirit of Japanese culture. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this.
Written March 8, 2019
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Finlay S
Austin, TX18 contributions
Beautiful Cultural Experience, Amazing Teacher and Life LEssons
Jan 2019 • Friends
The hustle and bustle of Japan can get a little overwhelming. Although the subways and streets maintain an incomprehensible silence, there’s still a expansive overwhelm about the city that can make it easy to forget to slow down and enjoy the little things. Experiencing a tea ceremony is the perfect way to connect to the slower side of the culture. We used the easy instructions to walk from the subway station to the tea house and were asked to take off our shoes and coats when we entered. The house was simple but purposeful and we were escorted into the tatami room with three other visitors. We kneeled on the ground and Rie told us about the history of tea ceremony. She began to carefully clean all the instruments and start the process, and we each were instructed to bow to the people sitting next to us and thank the host for giving us the tea. It was delicious and the bowls were beautiful. We also got to whisk our own which was harder than I thought! But I later bought a whisk and some matcha to recreate the drink at home. It was a really amazing experience and my takeaway was to really enjoy, appreciate and respect everything and everyone in your life. Instead of always wanting more, really love the stuff you have, and enjoy the process of making a cup of tea and the company of your friends. It’s a great lesson that is shown so clearly at the tea ceremony with Rie at Tea Ceremony Koto.
Written January 23, 2019
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Thank you very much for writing the wonderful review! I'm happy to hear that you feel Japanese traditional culture and the spirit of tea ceremony. Japanese tea ceremony loves "simple beauty" or "imperfect" beauty, what we call wabisabi in Japanese. We can feel season and nature, listening the wind, sound of water, or simple flower in a tea room. I wish you enjoy matcha at home remembering the lesson in my tea house KOTO :)
Written January 23, 2019
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micah_abl
Manila, Philippines36 contributions
Magical Tea Ceremony Experience
Nov 2018 • Couples
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.
Written December 6, 2018
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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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