Table-Style Tea Ceremony at a 100-Year-Old Machiya in Kyoto

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1.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 15 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
No need to sit on the floor! Enjoy a comfortable tea ceremony with tables and chairs in a traditional Kyoto machiya house that is over 100 years old. Taste freshly-made matcha and wagashi sweets.
Highlights
Enjoy a tea ceremony in a +100 year-old traditional house in Kyoto, conveniently located 20 minutes by train from Kyoto Station!
No need to sit on the floor! Experience a tea ceremony comfortably using tables and chairs
Specialist instructor with over 30 years in Urasenke tea ceremony
You’ll learn not only about the traditional tea ceremony, but also how to make delicious tea with the tools you have at home!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Tea is a quintessential element of Japanese culture, and nowhere is that more evident than in Kyoto. One of the first places to cultivate tea in Japan, where many of its long-standing traditions developed, Kyoto keeps a vibrant tea culture. Experience it by participating in a tea ceremony, where a tea master assembles the perfect bowl of tea following ancient rituals and teaches you to make your own in simple terms. You'll first be given an overview of the tea-making process, before choosing a bowl and watching as Hiromi, your host, prepares tea with meticulous precision according to traditional practices. With over 30 years of experience in Urasenke (one of the three schools of Japanese tea ceremony), Hiromi follows the ryurei tradition of using chairs and tables instead of sitting on the floor. From the comfort of your chair, watch her precise movements as she prepares your bowl of frothy matcha tea! After her demonstration, you will learn how to make matcha and enjoy the tea with wagashi, a mildly sweet traditional Japanese confectionery that usually features delicate seasonal motifs. Bask in the whimsical atmosphere of this traditional machiya house that has been standing for over 100 years in Kyoto's Fushimi district, and seep into the fascinating world of Japanese tea. This experience is a great way to embrace Kyoto's tea culture with a local specialist!
Inclusions
Tea ceremony lecture
Bowl of tea
Seasonal wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets)
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the venue.
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet directly at the venue, located approx. 20 minutes by train from Kyoto Station, 6 minutes walk from Momoyama Goryo-mae Station, or 5 minutes walking distance from Fushimi Momoyama Station. A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Kimono rental is available onsite for an additional fee (see Options).
The tea ceremony will be performed using chairs and tables instead of sitting on the floor.
This can be reserved as a private experience upon request.
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 24, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals