Hands-on Brewing & Tasting Japanese Tea

Taito City, Japan

Experience hosted by Mitsuko

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

This hands-on tea workshop will be held in a long-established tea shop KIMINOEN conveniently located in Ueno, the heart of Tokyo. The shop has 100 years of history and is fully-stocked with different kinds of teas from various parts of Japan and a wide range of tea ware.

On your arrival at the intimate corner of the tea shop (on the second floor), you will be greeted with a welcome tea.

After learning the basics on Japanese tea, you will be shown how to brew a perfect cup of Sencha green tea. Then it's time for you to try brewing your tea using a Japanese tea pot and cups. Please enjoy the tea with Japanese sweets carefully chosen for you.

Then I will show you other types of Japanese tea including Matcha, Gyokuro, Genmaicha and Hojicha. You will taste each of them and learn how best to prepare a cup to bring home some nice brewing tips.

*This in not a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Here you will experience the tea enjoyed in the daily life of the Japanese.
Other things to note
The workshop is designed for non-Japanese with (or even without) interest in Japanese tea.
This hands-on tea workshop will be held in a long-established tea shop KIMINOEN conveniently located in Ueno, the heart of Tokyo. The shop has 100 years of history and is fully-stocked with different kinds of teas from various parts of Japan and a wide range of tea ware.

On your arrival at the intimate corner of the tea shop (on the second floor), you will be greeted with a welcome tea.

After learning the basics on Japa…

What's included

  • Food
    Sweets to go with Japanese tea: traditional sweet bean paste, rice cracker...
  • Drinks
    Sencha, Houjicha, Genmaicha, Gyokuro , Matcha
  • Equipment
    A tea pot, tea cups etc. - everything you need for brewing Japanese tea

Meet your Host, Mitsuko

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I am a certified Japanese Tea Instructor with over 7 years of experience giving lectures to promote Japanese green tea in and outside of Japan. As a Japanese tea expert, I would like to share the Japanese tea culture with people from all over the world.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, but have experiences of living and travelling overseas and like to meet people. This is an enjoyable and informative tea time for people visiting Japan. Please come and enjoy cultural exchange over cups of tasty Japanese green tea.
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Where you'll be

The tea shop KIMINOEN is a 3-minute walk from JR Ueno Station, Shinobazu Exit.


The shop is in the middle of the popular Ameyoko shopping street. You can enjoy strolling this attractive area at your leisure, before or after the workshop.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 59 reviews.

Lara
October 2019
The tea workshop was very interesting and we learned quite a lot which turned out to be useful during our remaining trip. I would definitely recommend this activity if you have a few hours to spare and like green tea. Mitsuko is very kind and speaks English very well
David
September 2019
This was a wonderful experience, and had been the highlight of my trip in Japan so far. Overall, this was just so fascinating, intimate, and enriching . I know so much more about Japanese tea than I did before. Thank you, Mitsuko!
Tilman
September 2019
It was a refreshing experience and we had at least thre "Ahaaa" moments. We are going to prepare tea in a much better way - which will lead to more joy in drinking tea which in turn will lead to more happiness. What more is there to wish for!
다현
September 2019
This class is great. I do want to participate in the class like this, no Kimono and just simple, modern and useful tea class. Mitsuko-san taught about brief information, type of Japanese teas, and how to drink these teas. It was wonderful experience and very useful, too. I think I can start to drink Japanese tea at my home. Also, the class was held on the second floor of the tea store, so I didn't have to worry about safety or something else.
Felix
September 2019
Mitsuko showed a deep understanding and knowledge of the different styles of tee and the ways to brew it. Within this workshop I found my personal way of tee drinking.
Elisa
September 2019
In this workshop you will learn a lot about the tea culture in Japan and the various types of green tea. You will also learn the real taste of Japanese green tea, which is really different from the Western one! Mitsuko is a very nice host and very skilled tea instructor.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.