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The Way of Tea in Kanazawa

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.Kanazawa, Japan

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Experience hosted by Tomomi

60 mins
Includes drinks, tickets
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You can step into “Shoutouan” and enjoy the lesson surrounded by the Japanese garden and the unique architecture “Sukiyazukuri”.

First of all, I would like to tell you the origin and history of Matcha, relationship to Zen, and about Sen no Rikyu, our first tea master.
Then I would show you the most important spiritual four characters “Wa Kei Sei Jyaku” that he taught us and still alive in our time.

Next, before demonstrating how to make the thin tea which process you can hardly see, I could tell you some basic manners as a guest.

Then I hope you can find “Wa Kei Sei Jyaku” in every act I do, while you’re taking Japanese sweets and a bowl of green tea I serve you.
It’s my pleasure to explain where they are, for sharing the very deep world of the Way of Tea with you.

After all, you can enjoy to make your own tea and taste it.

If you want to get valuable souvenirs (updated here) selected from my favorite local supplier of utensils used in the Way of Tea, please let me know when you apply this site.
Airbnb would charge you an extra fee(¥5000) for it later.

I truly hope this experience will be unforgettable and the souvenirs will remind you of the memories in beautiful Kanazawa.
You can step into “Shoutouan” and enjoy the lesson surrounded by the Japanese garden and the unique architecture “Sukiyazukuri”.

First of all, I would like to tell you the origin and history of Matcha, relationship to Zen, and about Sen no Rikyu, our first tea master.
Then I would show you the most important spiritual four characters “Wa Kei Sei Jyaku” that he taught us and still alive in our time.

Next, before demonstr…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    *Providing utensils, Matcha, Japanese sweet bun and cracker
    *Including...
  • Tickets
    I book the tea room from government of Kanazawa city, so it’s included the...
From $35
/ person
Sat, Oct 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Sat, Oct 24
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person

Meet your host, Tomomi

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 9 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I’m Tomomi, an instructor of the Way of Tea in Kanazawa, which once was a great castle town of the Kaga Domain Maeda Family.
They were instrumental in developing traditional Japanese high culture including the Way of Tea, and ordinary people here have been enjoyed it.

I’ve been living here, got some licenses at Ura Tea school and studied how to better explain and demonstrate it in English in Seattle, USA.

Now I would like to share it with foreign visitors in the real tea room “Shoutouan” just next to popular Kenrokuen Garden.
Why don’t you come and experience it while you are here?
I’m Tomomi, an instructor of the Way of Tea in Kanazawa, which once was a great castle town of the Kaga Domain Maeda Family.
They were instrumental in developing traditional Japanese high culture including the Way of Tea, and ordinary people here have been enjoyed it.

I’ve been living here, got some licenses at Ura Tea school and studied how to better explain and demonstrate it in English in Seattle, USA.

Now I would like to share it with foreign visitors in the real t…
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Where you'll be

“Shoutouan” is on the premises of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
It’s just front of the gate of famous Kenrokuen Garden, across the big intersection “Hirosaka”.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.

Jane
November 2019
Tomomi was a warm and engaging host who was able to discuss and demonstrate a very special event- The Way with Tea. It is a unique experience for Westerners and gives you a glimpse of Japanese and Zen traditions. Tomomi was generous with her tea and sweets and it was fun making my own tea. The setting at the old tea house was extra special. It felt an authentic experience. Highly recommend.
Tomomi was a warm and engaging host who was able to discuss and demonstrate a very special event- The Way with Tea. It is a unique experience for Westerners and gives you a glimpse…
Déborah
November 2019
Nous avons passé un moment fantastique avec Tomomi ! La cérémonie du thé est quelque chose de complexe et nous avons pu en comprendre les moindres détails grâce à Tomomi qui est très pédagogue. On se sent tout de suite dans un autre temps dans cette maison traditionnelle ! Un moment unique à faire absolument à Kanazawa !! Merci Tomomi :)
Nous avons passé un moment fantastique avec Tomomi ! La cérémonie du thé est quelque chose de complexe et nous avons pu en comprendre les moindres détails grâce à Tomomi qui est tr…
Mary Ann
August 2019
Very special experience. Tomomi-sama is so welcoming and professional, but also good at putting you at ease. Tea ceremonies are usually so formal, but this is more like a behind-the-scenes experience where you can see a formal ceremony, but also participate and learn. The tea house is lovely, next to a perfect little garden. The matcha and snacks were excellent quality. Tomomi-sama speaks English well, which she says she learned from YouTube videos! We are only halfway through our stay in Japan, but I’m sure this will be one of the best parts!
Very special experience. Tomomi-sama is so welcoming and professional, but also good at putting you at ease. Tea ceremonies are usually so formal, but this is more like a behind-th…
Julien
August 2019
Tomomi nous présente la cérémonie du thé sous tous les angles, et c'est ce qui fait l'intérêt de l'expérience. Non seulement la dégustation mais aussi comment et pourquoi tel ou tel mouvement sont réalisés, quelle est la politesse à observer par rapport aux autres convives, quelle est l'histoire de cette cérémonie, et nous aide pour passer à la pratique ensuite! De plus Tomomi parle très bien anglais. Bien plus qu'une simple cérémonie donc!
Tomomi nous présente la cérémonie du thé sous tous les angles, et c'est ce qui fait l'intérêt de l'expérience. Non seulement la dégustation mais aussi comment et pourquoi tel ou te…
Jose
June 2019
The tea ceremony with Tomomi was one of the highlights in our travel by Japan. She was very enthusiastic and happy to show us the way of the tradition of tea in this beautiful country. Also, the house of tea is pretty! This is a gem of the japanese culture. You should do that! Thank you Tomomi for bringing us a great moment with you!!
The tea ceremony with Tomomi was one of the highlights in our travel by Japan. She was very enthusiastic and happy to show us the way of the tradition of tea in this beautiful coun…
Erin
May 2019
We had a wonderful experience learning the way of the tea ceremony with Tomomi. We weren't quite sure where to meet her, but the friendly staff inside the museum was able to point us in the right direction. After explaining the philosophy and history of the ceremony, she demonstrated the proper service and then let us try serving each other! Definitely recommend.
We had a wonderful experience learning the way of the tea ceremony with Tomomi. We weren't quite sure where to meet her, but the friendly staff inside the museum was able to point…

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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 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

Please come on time.
I’m afraid I can’t accept latecomers once it has started.
Before leaving, you need to check the contents of your souvenirs.
No matter how it’lI be, I can’t accept your troubles.

What to bring

Nothing