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Online Tea Ceremony [Virtual Tea Classes Available Daily]
Tea Ceremony Experience Online by Maikoya
You would normally enjoy a tea ceremony in a traditional tearoom with traditional utensils. We want you to retain that opportunity – despite COVID-19.
And that’s why, we are NOW offering online tea ceremony sessions and classes direct from our Kyoto teahouse.
Whatever your level, enjoy this virtual experience, gain insights into perfect tea making and uncover hidden meanings in this ancient tradition with our expert instructor.
Just one click is enough to reserve – enjoy this lovely experience as early as tomorrow!
I was given a tea ceremony experience from Kyoto Maikoya as a gift from a friend in August. As someone who has been fascinated by the traditional Japanese arts and ways for all of my adult life I found it a most authentic experience, even though I was in Australia and we participated via zoom. The tea master was gracious and generous, ensuring that I understood the significance of each step of the ceremony. Though her English was most understandable, a translator was handy if required. The tea room was beautifully appointed and I felt welcomed into that space even though it was a virtual encounter. A very satisfying experience. I would not hesitate to recommend Kyoto Maikoya. M. Johnson, MD Victoria, Australia
Only from Maikoya: Authentic Virtual Tea Ceremony
Via ZOOM, escape from the daily routine for around 45 minutes to our online tea ceremony.
It all unfolds as our kimono-clad teacher greets you from our traditional tearoom. Relax, enjoy and take on board this unforgettable experience, particularly ideal to any tea lovers or Japanophiles among you.
The package includes (each lasting around 10 mins.):
- Explanation of the tea ceremony tradition and concepts
- Demonstration of the traditional tea ceremony
- Practice how to hold and drink from the tea bowl
How to Book our Online Tea Ceremony
- Step 1: Please reserve via this page. We will send you a confirmation email.
- Step 2: We will email you a link to the online video call 24 hours prior to your meeting. Just click on the link at your reserved time slot and enjoy the experience!
* Please always reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
* Feel free to share the zoom link with immediate friends and family but not publicly.
* We ask for your cooperation in refraining from recording the zoom session in full.
(Partial recording is acceptable.)
Recommended Tools and Ingredients for Participants (OPTIONAL)
Preparing the following is ideal but if you don’t have them to hand, worry not.
The teacher will make all arrangements accordingly.
- A tea bowl. Or, if you have no tea bowl available, simply use a bowl from your kitchen
8-20 cm in diameter (any medium-sized bowl is OK)
- Hot water in a thermos flask or container
- Matcha powder OR any teabag – including regular black teabags
- Anything sweet (e.g. a small dessert, cookie) on a small plate
- A handkerchief
Notes on Reserving Your Tea Ceremony Online
Reservable time slots are Japanese Standard Time
(use https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com to work out the best time for your location).
Please join the meeting using a device with a video camera and microphone
(iPhone, MacBook, Airbook, webcam, etc.).
The teacher has to prepare for your meeting by wearing a kimono and setting up the tea ceremony room, which takes hours. She also has to arrange her schedule in advance.
Please therefore acknowledge that a cancellation fee applies if you are unable to participate in the meeting.
For your reassurance, check our glowing references and reviews below.
Please kindly note that
- Maikoya was one of the pioneering institutions in Japan to provide online cultural experiences that have attracted media coverage
- Maikoya is the largest experience provider of its kind in Japan, with branches in three major cities and catering to over 100,000 guests
- Maikoya is the ONLY three-time consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner in its category in Japan
- Maikoya is the only traditional tea ceremony venue in Japan to have earned over 2500 five-star reviews on Google and other platforms
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IncludedOnline Tea Ceremony
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. 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, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto 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 an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.