If you cancel 3 day(s) in advance of your experience or earlier, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel 2 day(s) in advance of your experience, there is a 30 percent cancellation fee.
Experience Tea Ceremony Wearing a Kimono in Osaka
The activity involves
- Traditional tea ceremony led by a tea master
- Drinking green tea and eating Japanese sweets
- Wearing a Kimono (Yukata in the summer season)
- The best cultural experience with the combination of kimono, meditation, harmony, matcha and Japanese sweets
You will make a green tea (Matcha) in an ancient style Japanese tea ceremony room wearing Kimono. We are the only facility in Osaka to provide tea ceremony services on a daily basis. We are the highest ranked tea ceremony facility in Osaka. We accept walk-ins but it is better to reserve online if you don’t like to wait. In this workshop, a qualified instructor will walk you through step by step of traditional tea ceremony. This is a ritual-like activity where ceremonial tea is prepared and presented to promote well-being, mindfulness and harmony. It is also called the Way of the Tea.
Your workshop will include:
- An introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals
- This is taught by a friendly instructor who speaks English
- The instructor is a professional who has had years of training in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
- You will be encouraged to try traditional green matcha tea and Japanese styled sweets
- Only traditional tea ceremony utensils will be used
- The workshop will be taught to a small class of 6 or so people
- Relax in a classroom decorated in traditional Japanese décor and architecture
- Explanations of the ceremony’s history and technique
- Not only watching the demonstration but actually performing the ritual
- If you give notice, guides can pick you up from your chosen train station in Osaka.
Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshops are held at the Golden Pavillion section or the Edo-style Room of Maikoya Osaka. This is a 6-floor building that used to be a Geisha house which now serves as a culture museum. At the end of the workshop, you can continue with a range of other activities and workshops at Maikoya Osaka or hang out at the relaxing Geisha Cafe to create a Japanese cultural experience you will not ever forget.
In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to wear tradition kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea’s flavor. All workshops will be in English and will last around 90 minutes in a traditionally decorated room. This is a once in a lifetime event to experience an activity that has been practiced for hundreds of years.
Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your sense of wonder!
1- Do you accept walk-ins?
Yes we do. We are the only place in Osaka that holds professional tea ceremony on a daily basis.
2-Do you have kimonos for kids?
Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
3- Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?
Yes, we have the kimono rental option, for a small additional fee you can stroll the streets of Osaka or visit Osaka castle by wearing a kimono for the rest of the day.
4- Do you provide any make up or hairdo services?
Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
5- How far is your location from the Dotonbori area? How far is your location from Umeda?
It is about 18-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride from Dotonbori.
It is about 10-minute train ride or a 15-minute taxi ride from Umeda.
6- Do you hold your activities in a Japanese house? I want to see inside of a Japanese house.
Yes. You have to take your shoes off to get in and all the rooms have the interior like a traditional Japanese house.
Some Basic Information about Japanese Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony has many names in Japanese: Chanoyu, sado or ocha. It has a long history of a thousand years and has ties to the tea traders in China. Japanese monks first brought back tea leaves during the Chinese Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD) and only used them in their temples for religious services. A priest called Myoan Eisai spread the belief that green tea could be used for medicine and by drinking it regularly you were ensured good health. Samurai in particular followed this practice and spread its popularity. Later, another priest called Murata Shukou, called the father of the tea ceremony, added more significance and rituals by making powdered tea so others could enjoy it. His focus on aesthetics became well known and heavily influences the tea ceremony that we know today.
Reflections from someone who tried tea ceremony for the first time…
Today I learned a life lesson. No matter how fiercely life is, we need to be mindful, come together, put our differences aside and for this moment, at least, to reflect and speak in the same language to appreciate life. Only then, we can move forward- for the better.
和敬清寂 Harmony. Respect. Purity. Peace.
It’s a feast to the eyes, to your ears and mind when a person preparing the hot water. Listening as the water dancing against the hot cast iron. It’s like a river murmuring.
Incense would be lit and the smoke travels across your eyes like a silver dragon flying across the sky.
She paused briefly as she flexed her wrist signifying the end of cleansing the bamboo ladle. So beautiful and therapeutic to gaze at. Her every move freezes time, space in all dimensions. You forget all your earthly trivolous needs.
What can you expect in this Tea Ceremony Workshop? We show off cultural activities with a difference!
- Traditional clothing available for you to wear
- A friendly host will explain the correct etiquette and symbolism for this ceremony
- Try traditional food and drink given during this ritual
- Held in a traditional tearoom with beautiful historic decor
- Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
*** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
IncludedKimono costumeGreen tea and waterUtensilsSamurai ShowroomEnglish Speaking tea masterHairdo and make up for ladiesEdo-period traditional Japanese roomJapanese style backdropsExplanations about the steps, meanings, zen philosophy and the subtle traditions related to tea ceremony
Not IncludedTransportationHotel pickup and drop-off
MAIKOYA OSAKAMaikoya Contact the HostMaikoya Osaka offers unique cultural experiences where visitors can engage in various cultural activities such as the traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami, kimono dressing and much more. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Japan where visitors can meet and chat with a maiko in training anytime of the year.
Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people through activities and lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor.
Call Maikoya: 06-6556-6257