Tea Ceremony, Matcha & Wagashi Making in a Kyoto Home

Organized by Mihoko
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Duration
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Vegetarian, Pescetarian
Join an interactive tea ceremony experience near Fushimi Inari in Kyoto! Learn about the history of Japanese tea, witness a ceremonial matcha demonstration, make matcha and wagashi traditional sweets.
Highlights
Experience a Japanese tea ceremony in a traditional home
Learn how to prepare & serve matcha tea, and make seasonal Japanese sweets (wagashi)
Enjoy 2 bowls of matcha & Japanese confectionaries
Learn the history of tea & Japanese tea ceremonies
This experience is engaging, educational, and interactive
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Learn about the history of Japanese tea, witness a ceremonial matcha demonstration, and make matcha and traditional wagashi sweets at this interactive experience in Kyoto (near Fushimi Inari)! Led by a professional English-speaking guide, you’ll leave with a well-rounded knowledge of Japanese tea ceremony and skills to prepare matcha at home. Itinerary: Introduction: Relax in a waiting room as your English-speaking instructor explains tea ceremony etiquette, manners, and customs Japanese Garden: Walk around a quaint Japanese garden inside the home complex Japanese Tea Room: Enter the tea ceremony room and take a seat on the tatami floor History of Tea: Your instructor will teach you about the history of tea and Japanese tea ceremonies Tea Ceremony: Enjoy traditional Japanese sweets and a ceremonial matcha demonstration Make Matcha: Make and enjoy a bowl of matcha Make Wagashi: Make and enjoy traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi). Mihoko and her team, all Kyoto City Licensed Interpreter Guides, share a deep passion for cooking and diverse cuisines, infusing cultural richness into their classes. Besides cooking, they provide additional tours to fully immerse visitors in Kyoto's vibrant culture. Your journey begins in a tranquil waiting room where your English-speaking instructor will run you through the itinerary and explain tea ceremony etiquette, manners, and customs. You’ll then step outside to walk around the quaint Japanese garden before moving into the tea ceremony room where you’ll receive a lesson in the history of tea and Japanese tea ceremonies. Then, you will savor some traditional Japanese sweets while watching a ceremonial matcha demonstration (after which you enjoy the freshly made matcha). After this, you’ll learn how to prepare matcha tea using a bamboo tea whisk, then sit back, relax, and enjoy your second bowl of matcha. Finally, you’ll make and enjoy traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi).
Inclusions
An English-speaking guide
An authentic Japanese tea ceremony
Foods/Drinks: 2 bowls of matcha & traditional Japanese confectionaries
Wagashi sweets making (type of wagashi depends on the season)
Exclusions
Transportation to/from the meeting point: If you’d like to use a taxi on the way home, we recommend booking one in advance
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
15mins walk from Fushimi Inari Taisha (https://maps.app.goo.gl/GPppNBW3enVPb99o8)
Remarks
Age limitations: Children must be 8 years old or above to participate & children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult
This experience starts at 9:45. Tea Ceremony: Available on Wednesday and Friday
Seating: If needed/desired, please let us know in advance if you prefer to use a chair for the tea ceremony instead of kneeling on the tatami floor
Dietary Requirements/Restrictions: Please let us know in advance
Photography is allowed, but please refrain from filming videos
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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Earliest available date: April 19, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals