Japanese Sweets Making and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Maikoya
Make your own wagashi for your tea ceremony!
Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that are best paired with matcha tea during a tea ceremony. Join our sweets-making workshop so you can learn how to make the treats for your tea ceremony after class!
Your private group will first be introduced to the basics for making the seasonal wagashi by our friendly instructor. After the session, you will be participating in an authentic, traditional Japanese tea ceremony where you will learn how to prepare a matcha green tea!
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Sweets Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
Lasts approximately 90 minutes
A Wearing traditional Japanese outfit
- In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to wear traditional Japanese clothes to use for the whole workshop and tea ceremony. Our staff will be assisting in putting it on.
Traditional tools used in making wagashi
- These are olds and other materials in traditional wagashi making.
- Basic and seasonal ingredients for the sweets workshop will be provided. You will be using rice flour, sweet red bean paste, coloring, as well as seasonal ingredients if available.
Tea ceremony utensils
- You will be using a tea bowl, whisk, and tea cloth.
Matcha Tea Powder
- Along with hot water, you will be having fresh matcha during the tea ceremony.
Please let us know if you have any food-related concerns such as allergies, intolerance, as well as preferences for halal, kosher, or vegan and vegetarian diets.
You will be given an overview lesson on traditional Japanese sweets and the process of making them by an experienced instructor in English, and in Japanese, according to your preference.
After the sweets-making class, you will be participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony where you will learn a little bit about the ritual and learn how to create matcha tea from the fine powder and hot water. You can enjoy your beautifully created wagashi along with the matcha.
Anyone is welcome to join! We recommend an age of 3 years and older for the kids. Younger children can join their parents/guardians, provided they do no create distractions.
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What can you expect during your workshop?
You will be putting on a traditional Japanese clothes before proceeding to the room where you will learn how to make the wagashi. Our workshops are held in a Japanese-style tatami room with historical and cultural designs.
You will be introduced to the wagashi and be given a basic overview of the subject so you can proceed with the hands-on class. The host is a professional with years of experience in making wagashi and performing the tea ceremony. You will be receiving instructions and guidance in English or Japanese, whichever you prefer.
The host will first be demonstrating the process then guide you to making your own. You will be learning about the proper etiquette along the way, and the ost will explain the symbolism and significance of the process and common designs.
The best part? You’ll get to taste your creations!
After the class, you will be participating in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. The instructor will be giving you an overview of the tradition along with the methods and a brief history of the tea ceremony.
You will be observing a demonstration and receive guidance as you learn to follow along. A great combination of handmade wagashi and a bowl of matcha will be ending your session with us! You will surely have an enjoyable cultural experience with us with your specially made treats and drink.
Kids are required to be accompanied by an adult for close supervision especially when using hot stoves and sharp knives during the preparation process. Infants and toddlers under the age of 3 are allowed to join their parents/guardians free of charge.
Children above the age of 3 will be charged the regular price and are welcome to join provided they have an adult accompanying them.
How long does the workshop last?
The sweets-making and kimono tea ceremony package lasts for about an hour and a half on average.
Do you have kimonos for kids?
Yes, we have smaller sizes for the kids. Make sure to let us know the age and height of your child in advance so we can reserve a kimono!
Can I walk outside while wearing the kimono?
We charge a small rental fee if you would like to use our kimonos outside the teahouse. However, if the weather is not good, we may not give this option.
Do you provide additional services like hair and makeup?
For the ladies, we provide hairstyling services along with kimono assistance. Makeup services are not available.
Is there a kimono included?
No, this package only includes a traditional Japanese-style chef jacket and apron.
Can I wear a kimono if I’m pregnant?
We will not require you to wear a kimono if it is uncomfortable for you. If you are in your first or second trimester, you can still choose to wear it.
How old are the children who can join?
Provided that there is an adult or guardian with the child, the recommended age starts from 3 years old. Children younger than 3 are not charged. If you plan on bringing infants and toddlers, please be sure to keep a minimum disturbance.
Are wagashi vegan/vegetarian, halal, or kosher?
The recipes followed during our classes are vegan and vegetarian-friendly! The plant-based treats are also halal and kosher. We highly recommend letting us know if you have any preferences or diets anyway just to make sure.
Do you accept groups?
Yes! This is a private sweets-making and tea ceremony workshop designed for families and couples. This package is recommended for all kinds of groups as well as kids. We also offer our services for a team-building activity for corporate groups.
Is a tea ceremony included?
Yes! This package includes a traditional tea ceremony after the cooking class. The sweets created during the workshop will be used so you can enjoy your hard work with a relaxing bowl of matcha.
Do you have a souvenir shop?
Yes. We provide matcha tea, tea ceremony sets, calligraphy sets and many more available.
Do I need to book in advance?
We recommend booking with us in advance so you don’t have to wait in line, especially during peak seasons in early April and mid-November. This is also cheaper and more convenient.
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