Tea Ceremony and Kimono experience in Kyoto Best Activities and tours in Japan

Rated #1 Tea ceremony venue in Japan by Tripadvisor

Traditional Tea Ceremony Experience MAIKOYA - Kyoto

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MAIKOYA offers traditional tea ceremony in the historic Gion district and the Kyoto station area with the option of wearing kimono. The award-winning tea ceremony lasts for 45 minutes and costs $22 ( $48 with kimono). While the kimono tea ceremony is available from 9 AM to 7 PM every hour in downtown Kyoto, the geisha tea ceremony is only held once a day in Gion. Maikoya is the only tea ceremony venue that received Tripadvisor's Best Travelers' Choice Award both in 2018 and 2019.

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We offer four traditional types of tea ceremony in Kyoto:

Kimono + Tea Ceremony

Kimono + Tea Ceremony

(Approx. 60min - 90min)

  1. Wear traditional Japanese kimono.
  2. Authentic tea ceremony led by a host who speaks English.
  3. Drinking Japanese green tea and eating Japanese sweets.
  4. Take many photos at Maikoya or the nearby temple.
Private Tea Ceremony

Kimono + PRIVATE Tea Ceremony

(Approx. 60min - 90min)

  1. There will be no one else except you in the tea ceremony session. Ideal for families with small children or those who are looking for a very special experience.
  2. Wear traditional Japanese kimono.
  3. Traditional tea ceremony led by a host who speaks English.
  4. Drinking Japanese green tea and eating Japanese sweets.
  5. Take many photos at Maikoya or the nearby temple.
Geisha Tea Ceremony Kyoto

Geisha Tea Ceremony Kyoto

(Approx. 60 mins.)

  1. You join a traditional tea ceremony session led by an apprentice geisha called maiko. Maikoya is the only venue in Japan that conveniently provides such kind of service!!
  2. Drinking Japanese green tea and eating Japanese sweets in an authentic tea ceremony room.
  3. Have a conversation with the apprentice geisha (maiko) with the presence of an interpreter.
  4. Take many photos at Maikoya with the apprentice geisha.
Casual clothes Tea ceremony

Casual clothes Tea Ceremony

(Approx. 40mins.)

  1. You partake in the group tea ceremony session without wearing kimono.
  2. Traditional tea ceremony led by a host who speaks English.
  3. Drinking Japanese green tea and eating Japanese sweets.
  4. Take many photos at Maikoya or the nearby temple

Maikoya Tea Ceremony Venues other than Kyoto

Kimono Tea Ceremony Tokyo Maikoya

If you only have a limited time in Japan and you are trying to decide doing tea ceremony in Tokyo or Kyoto, you also have an option to choose Kimono Tea ceremony Tokyo Maikoya which is located in Shinjuku. This location is only one stop away from the Shibuya Crossing and a walking distance from Shinjuku Gyoen, Meiji Jingu, Harajuku and the Robot Restaurant.

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Kimono Tea Ceremony
Osaka Maikoya

If you are staying in Osaka and wondering about doing tea ceremony in Osaka or Kyoto, you have an option to choose Kimono Tea ceremony Osaka Maikoya which is located near the Dotonbori area. This location is ideal for those who are staying near the Central Osaka area and planning to visit Osaka Castle.

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Why Tea ceremony in Kyoto?

  • Because it is like traveling in time as you practice this ancient ritual in the same area where it was born and flourished 400 years ago.
  • The three most common tea ceremony schools were established in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto has been considered the cultural capital of Japan.
  • Kyoto tea ceremony has already been the topic of many movies and dozens of academic studies.
  • This experience is one that is a definite must on a Japanese vacation bucket list.

Why tea ceremony at Maikoya?

  • The staff will help you put on a traditional kimono and do your hair which will make this experience authentic, memorable and informational.
  • A friendly host who speaks English will walk you through step by step of a traditional tea ceremony.
  • You will use the unique utensils and have an explanation of the delicate moves of your host as she prepares your tea.
  • After the host, you will make your own tea by using traditional tools.
  • A friendly tea host will explain the correct etiquette and symbolism for this ceremony in plain English.
  • You can also freely visit Maikoya's tea ceremony museum with authentic tea ceremony artifacts dating back to 1600's.
  • You will have an opportunity to try traditional sweets given during this ritual.
  • The ceremony will be held in a traditional tatami tea room with beautiful historic decor.
  • Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout.
  • Nowhere else can you discover the cultural history and refined technique used in every action and item witnessed throughout this ceremony.

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