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Garden Teahouse: Private Tea Ceremony Experience

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Discover serenity and tradition at Kyoto's century-old Garden Teahouse, where you get to partake in a Japanese tea ceremony amid idyllic gardens.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in an hour-long authentic Japanese tea ceremony overlooking serene gardens in Kyoto, renowned as the birthplace of this tradition.

  • Master the art of whisking, scooping, and blending to whip up your own bowl of traditional matcha, guided by an English-speaking instructor.

  • Delve into the history of the tea ceremony and tea rituals with knowledgeable masters in a private session for an intimate and enriching experience.

  • Indulge in seasonal sweet delights from a city-famed confectioner while basking in the tranquility of this 100-year-old teahouse.

  • Did you know? In Japanese tea ceremonies, slurping tea is considered a sign of appreciation and expressing gratitude to the host.

Inclusions

  • 50-min Japanese tea ceremony experience

  • Matcha

  • English-speaking instructor

  • Tea-making ingredients

  • Seasonal sweets

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

A tea retreat

Escape the hustle and bustle into the serene world of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies at the Garden Teahouse, a century-old gem near the Zen Buddhist temple Ryoan-ji. In this tranquil haven, surrounded by manicured Japanese gardens, your private group will delve into tea's rich history and rituals in the cozy sofa room with expert tea masters. Absorb the soothing ambiance and savor seasonal sweets from one of Kyoto's finest confectioners.

Blending bliss

Moving to the tearoom, witness the immersive tea ceremony unfold on tatami floors. Every whisk and blend is a chance to learn about the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha in a centuries-old practice that emphasizes respect, purity, and tranquility. The highlight? Craft your own authentic matcha bowl, guided by a personal instructor. Relish your delicious matcha and capture photographs to seal this moment forever.

What to bring

  • Opt for attire that facilitates comfortable seating on the ground for an enhanced experience.

What's not allowed

  • Video recording is not permitted during this experience.

Accessibility

  • This experience is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Chairs and tables are available for guests who find it difficult to sit on the floor.

  • One parking space is available for guests for the duration of the tea ceremony.

Additional information

  • Photography is allowed during the experience but it is recommended to turn the flash off.

  • The sweets are gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your host at Tea Ceremony Camellia GARDEN.

  • Address: 18 Ryoanji Ikenoshitacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8003, Japan.

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