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Private & Unique Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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Experience hosted by 羽照

60 mins
Includes food, drinks
Up to 5 people
Hosted in German, English, Japanese

What you'll do

How about a traditional and unique Japanese tea ceremony performed just for you, your family or your friends? Let's have a private Japanese tea party together! Come gather around and have a seat at our table (that's right, no painful kneeling on tatami mats).
Enjoy a luxurious tea ceremony called "Encha Mittsukazari", which is the most traditional kind of tea ceremony of the Ōbaku Baisa-ryū School of the "Way of Tea" and has been performed ever since its foundation. You will see a variety of real tea utensils used to prepare tea in traditional style and gain deep insights into the world of Japanese tea and Zen culture.
With a maximum of five guests, you can make this experience your very own and enjoy it as a private tea ceremony just for you and your group! All five guests will taste the tea prepared during the ceremony. Delight your palate with freshly prepared green tea of the highest rank, called "Gyokuro", coupled with delicious Japanese sweets.
Afterwards, ask away freely about anything you are interested in: about the ceremony, about Japanese tea, sweets and culture… Anything that piques your curiosity! Let's get a taste of ancient Kyoto and enjoy Japanese tea together!
Other things to note
In this experience, we are not using Matcha, but Sencha, another kind of Japanese green tea with a different culture, though it does not fall short of Matcha in any way!
Give it a try, we know you will love it!
How about a traditional and unique Japanese tea ceremony performed just for you, your family or your friends? Let's have a private Japanese tea party together! Come gather around and have a seat at our table (that's right, no painful kneeling on tatami mats).
Enjoy a luxurious tea ceremony called "Encha Mittsukazari", which is the most traditional kind of tea ceremony of the Ōbaku Baisa-ryū School of the "Way of Tea" and has been performed e…

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What's included

  • Food
    Fresh Seasonal Japanese Sweets
  • Drinks
    Freshly Prepared Japanese "Gyokuro" Green Tea & Mineral Water
From $16
/ person
Tue, Mar 2
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$19 per person
$19 per person
Tue, Mar 2
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$19 per person
$19 per person
Tue, Mar 2
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$19 per person
$19 per person

Meet your host, 羽照

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 23 Reviews
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Hello! My name is Ute (羽照). After graduating in Japanese Studies and moving to Japan, I started studying the Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto and have been practicing and instructing others for almost 2 years now.
As a renowned and active member of Ōbaku Baisa-ryū, one of the major schools of the Japanese "Way of Tea", I am an expert at performing and teaching the ceremony in both Japanese and English. I have performed tea ceremonies at more than 20 major events held at famous locations, like Kamigamo-jinja Shrine and Manpuku-ji Temple, and am regularly organizing tea gatherings myself, introducing others to the world of Japanese tea.
Practicing tea ceremony is such a fulfilling way of experiencing Japanese culture and I am looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible!

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Hello! My name is Ute (羽照). After graduating in Japanese Studies and moving to Japan, I started studying the Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto and have been practicing and instructing others for almost 2 years now.
As a renowned and active member of Ōbaku Baisa-ryū, one of the major schools of the Japanese "Way of Tea", I am an expert at performing and teaching the ceremony in both Japanese and English. I have performed tea ceremonies at more than 20 major events held at famous locations, like…
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Where you'll be

This experience will be conducted in a smoothly designed facility with a relaxed atmosphere that is combining traditional and modern elements from tea culture and Zen Buddhism. The facility contains a comfortable but true-to-essence Japanese-style tea room used to perform, practice and experience tea ceremonies. Watch, touch, taste and smell everything directly from up close - no restrictions, no barriers.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Yuricia
December 2020
It was a great experience! I must've missed the information that we signed up for a sencha ceremony until Ute san sent us the message (matcha ceremony is much more common and I've been in one). I would strongly recommend the sencha ceremony, as not only does the tea have a unique taste to it, the ceremony itself is rather different than the matcha one. Ute san is a wonderful storyteller, we learned a lot that day.
It was a great experience! I must've missed the information that we signed up for a sencha ceremony until Ute san sent us the message (matcha ceremony is much more common and I've…
Brenden
December 2020
Very informative, polite, and professional. Took time to answer any questions we had during the experience and did an amazing job explaining the tea ceremony. A very positive experience overall and I would recommend booking this experience.
Joshua
November 2020
The host performed a ceremony filled with eloquence, poise, and detail. The tea and treat were delicious. Better than we expected, and it’s tempting to go back!
Angelice
November 2020
Had an amazing experience and our host was so great! Full of knowledge and fun! I felt we really connected. I can’t wait to bring others to see this!
Victoire
November 2020
Ute was the most sweet and patient host ! She shared a bit of Japan along the way of her (rare!) Sencha tea ceremony demonstration. She explained to us everything in great details and was totally open for questions and conversation. It was a relaxing and informative expérience, I recommend it :)
Ute was the most sweet and patient host ! She shared a bit of Japan along the way of her (rare!) Sencha tea ceremony demonstration. She explained to us everything in great details…
Georgina
March 2020
Ute was extremely welcoming and interesting. She explained the ceremony beautifully and in detail so we understood and kept us interested! Her English was incredible. Definitely would recommend! Such a lovely and unique experience

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.