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Tea Ceremony, Etiquette, & Japanese Food in Kyoto

Organized by Rie Kuranaka
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Duration
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Has a gift, Wear kimono
Uncover Japanese etiquette & tea ceremony culture in this expert-led class in Kyoto! Sip on high-quality matcha tea, learn about Japanese etiquette, then enjoy a handmade lunch alongside your host.
Highlights
Learn the history and culture of Japanese tea and cooking
Learn from a professional who instructs at one of Japan’s leading tea ceremony schools
A high-quality tea ceremony, tasting, and brewing experience
Traditional Japanese meal
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Prepare for a journey into the captivating world of the Japanese tea ceremony! Rooted in Zen Buddhism and celebrated in Kyoto, the ceremonial art of preparing matcha, a powdered green tea, is impressive. Every move and gesture carries profound meaning, and mindfulness lies at its core. Rie, your passionate host, will teach you about this time-honored tradition while enjoying a tea party and a specially-prepared meal. Rie is the tea ceremony guru! Hailing from Kyoto, she found solace in the tea room before becoming the ultimate expert in the Japanese tea ceremony. Rie's got the credentials too. She holds the impressive title of 2nd Degree Instructor at Urasenke (one of the leading tea ceremony schools). In 2015, she founded her own tea ceremony business, spreading the authentic beauty of Japanese culture with visitors like you! Look no further if you have questions about this exclusive practice. Rie's ready to spill the tea on all the customs and manners! First, you'll enjoy a mouthwatering Japanese meal. At the same time, you'll learn all about the cultural origins and etiquette of a Japanese tea ceremony. Then you'll participate in a tea ceremony, enjoying two kinds of powdered green tea and snacking on fresh and dried traditional sweets. For the ultimate touch of elegance, why not dress in a classic kimono, embracing Japan's cultural heritage to the fullest? Rie’s tea ceremony experiences have garnered recognition from Japan's House of Representatives and special guests invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, making it the top choice for a shared tea ceremony experience. Get ready to unveil the enchanting world of the tea ceremony and witness centuries-old traditions come to life right before your eyes. With Rie's guidance, you'll leave with a full tummy, unforgettable memories, and a deep appreciation for this splendid Japanese art.
Inclusions
High-quality tea
Japanese sweets (wagashi)
Authentic Japanese meal
A Hojicha tea gift
Kimono (optional)
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the location
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
A 1-minute walk from Kinkakuji-michi city bus stop. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from Kitaoji subway station. 10-15 minutes by Kyoto city bus 204 or 205 from JR Enmachi. 50 minutes by city bus 101 0r 205 from Kyoto station. A 1-minute walk from the gate of Kinkakuji-temple.
Remarks
Experience lasts approximately 90 minutes
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Featuring beautiful landscapes from mountain to sea, Kyoto Prefecture conveys traditional Japanese culture through its architecture and gardens, art and artisanal crafts, and delicious local cuisine made from regional produce.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals