PRIVATE Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Gion Shijo Station

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PRIVATE Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Gion Shijo Station

An authentic Japanese tea ceremony is one of the many things to do in Kyoto! During the traditional tea ceremony at Maikoya, you will be wearing a kimono and tasting high-quality matcha in one of Japan’s Top Experiences for three consecutive years and Traveler’s Choice Award according to TripAdvisor reviews.

This is a private tea ceremony.

Book your session with us today! 

This Kimono Tea Ceremony session is private–there will be no one except you and your companion/s for the whole event! You’ll be able to take many beautiful photos of your experience.

Private Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Gion Shijo Station

Lasts approximately 90 to 120 minutes

Inclusions:

  1. A traditional kimono 
    • You will be choosing from a selection of beautiful kimonos! Our staff will be assisting and teaching you how to properly wear it. Ladies will be given a hairstyle suitable for their kimonos.
  2. Traditional tools and utensils for the tea ceremony
    • You will be using a tea bowl, whisk, and tea cloth. We will be providing the materials you need.
  3. Matcha Tea Powder
    • Along with hot water, you will be given matcha tea powder to make fresh matcha.
  4. Japanese Sweets or wagashi
    • You will be given a serving of traditional Japanese sweets or “wagashi” to go with matcha tea.

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.

Authentic Tea Ceremony Kyoto Machiya

Tea Ceremony Kyoto Machiya with Kimono

Our experienced staff and host will be guiding you throughout the preparation and ritual using Chinese, Japanese, or English depending on your language preference.

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at Maikoya Kyoto

Authentic Tea House in Kyoto

Kimono Tea Ceremony can last from 90 minutes up to 2 hours and is held every day from 9 AM to 7 PM at every hour at Maikoya Kyoto near the Gion Shijo Station.

Maikoya has a selection of beautiful kimonos for you to wear. These are suitable for a variety of sizes for everyone including children. Our staff will be sure to have you looking your best for your unique experience with us! Ladies will also be given an updo hairstyle to match their kimonos. You can opt to wear a yukata instead during summer season.

During the tea ceremony, you will be learning about the steps. traditions, and history behind the Japanese tea ceremony or “sado/chado”, and “chanoyu”, the way of the tea. The host will teach you all the basics including the special utensils to make the perfect blend of matcha. The host will also teach you about the influence of Zen on the tea ceremony as well as the foundations of Zen philosophy: Wa, Kei, sei, jaku, which translate respectively into harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

You will be learning how to make and prepare tea in a traditional tea room inside a Kyoto machiya in the Gion District while wearing a kimono. It will feel as if you traveled back in time while performing the 400-year-old custom!

Make your reservation with us in advance so you don’t have to wait in line! Walk-in guests are also welcome to try out the tea ceremony.

No need to worry about language barriers! If you don’t speak Japanese, our friendly and accommodating staff will be providing assistance and the ceremony will be in English.

Instead of sitting on the floor, we can also provide a chair or “Ryurei-shiki” in Japanese. Please mention the number of people who will need chairs when booking in the “order notes” section.

What happens during the Japanese tea ceremony?

  • An introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals.
  • You will be encouraged to try traditional matcha tea and Japanese sweets or wagashi
  • Only traditional tea ceremony utensils will be used
  • Relax in a tea room decorated in traditional Japanese décor and architecture
  • Explanations of the ceremony’s history and technique
  • Getting the chance to experience preparing matcha green tea
  • The friendly staff will help you choose the best kimono and wear it in a traditional way
  • For ladies, we will give you the simple hairstyle matching with kimono
  • Take photos before and after the ceremony in the tea room and around the tea house
  • Walk outside with your kimono
  • Get to know about tea ceremony artifacts and displays, and their histories
Tea Ceremony Kyoto Machiya

Tea Ceremony Kyoto Machiya

  • Asking questions during the tea ceremony is welcome; the host will gladly answer questions regarding the ritual and other Japanese rituals, along with zen and Buddhism.
  • You can take pictures at Maikoya; Everyone is welcome to take pictures in the tea room and the garden, along with our unique backdrops! After all, who wouldn’t want to preserve the memory of a cultural experience?
  • You can sit comfortably, in any appropriate way you prefer. While the tea ceremony is traditionally performed while everyone sits on the tatami mat, we encourage getting comfortable and crossing your legs if you’d like. Bamboo chairs are also provided upon request.

Make your reservation at the top of this page!

If you’re having difficulties or questions, contact us at info@mai-ko.com

Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your sense of wonder!

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 frivolous needs…

What kind of food is served at the tea ceremony?

This tea ceremony package includes a serving of wagashi which is a traditional Japanese dessert. These snacks are typically made with mochi rice cake with sweet red bean paste filling. The sweetness of the treat goes wonderfully with the subtle bitterness in the matcha green tea!

If you have any dietary concerns or restrictions, you may note them during reservation or contact us at info@mai-ko.com.

What kind of tea is used during the tea ceremony?

You will be using matcha. The Japanese tea ceremony can also be referred to as “Matcha Ceremony” or “Matcha Ritual” because of this! The bright green powder produces a foamy drink when whisked with hot water.

Although matcha is also called green tea, it is prepared differently from regular green tea that you see in little bags–these are dried tea leaves and are called sencha.


Our tea ceremonies are also available online! Enjoy and participate in the cultural experience in the comforts of your own home.

Do you want to study the Japanese tea ceremony?

Join our 10-lesson online course!


Book your Private Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Gion Shijo Station with us today before it’s sold out!

Make a reservation at the top of this page–it’s that easy! After sending your reservation, a confirmation email will be sent to you, including a set of directions to help you find Maikoya Kyoto Teahouse.


FAQs

What is Sado or the Japanese tea ceremony?

The Japanese tea ceremony is preparing, serving, and drinking tea in a ritualistic and ceremonial way.

What to do during the tea ceremony?

The host will be guiding you through the ritual and instruct you on what to do.

What to wear for the tea ceremony?

Depending on the type of package you have chosen, you can wear your casual clothes, or any of the kimonos you will pick. The staff will help you put on the kimono and ladies’ hair will be styled to suit it.

How long does a tea ceremony last?

This particular package can last from 90 minutes up to 2 hours, but others can reach up to 4 hours. You can read more about it on our site!

Who is served during the tea ceremony?

In the past, it used to only be practiced by elite zen monks, noble warlords, and the aristocracy. Today, anyone who is interested can observe the tea ceremony and participate as guests during events or at specialized establishments like the Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya.

Where is the Japanese tea ceremony held?

This tea ceremony is held at Maikoya Kyoto Teahouse in Gion District near Gion Shijo Station. Tea ceremonies are usually held in tea houses, tea rooms, and Japanese tea gardens.

What happens during the tea ceremony at Maikoya Kyoto?

Before the tea ceremony, guests are given the choice to choose from the kimonos for the ceremony, and ladies are given appropriate hairstyles that match the designs of their kimono. The host or tea master will then prepare the ingredients and tools and begin making the matcha while explaining the process.

When did the Japanese tea ceremony start? Who invented it?

The Japanese tea ceremony originated in China, brought into Japan by Buddhist monks. Sen no Rikyu was considered the father of the tea ceremony, practicing the precursor to the present-day tea ceremony.

Why is the Japanese tea ceremony important?

The tea ceremony embodies the culture and sophistication of Japanese tradition, showing clearly the multiple steps it takes to make a single cup of tea. This practice was widely observed among the elite in old Japanese societies and aristocracy.

Where to have a tea ceremony?

Maikoya Kyoto holds its tea ceremonies in a traditional tea room and townhouse in the Gion District! Maikoya offers an authentic tea ceremony from three locations in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka.


About the Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, much like any traditional rituals in the country is composed of a number of steps and preparation, as well as manners and etiquette–although modern practices aren’t as strict in this aspect.

The tea ceremony is a centuries-old practice that is highly influenced by traditional Japanese practices and has influenced modern society in return. The experience of the tea ceremony differs according to the level of the participant. For example, a more experienced guest would bring paper fans to the ritual and have the endurance to sit on their knees the whole time.

The tea ceremony, however, did not originate in Japan and is not uniquely Japanese. This practice is shared with China as “art of the tea” and Korea as “etiquette for tea” or “tea rite”. All three variations are connected together by Zen Buddhism and the spiritual process of the preparation and presentation of the tea.

But what sets apart the Japanese tea ceremony from its cultural siblings? Sado, Chanoyu, or Ocha has been refined by Sen no Rikyu, who is considered as the father of the Japanese tea ceremony. Besides being an aesthetic art form and performance, the chanoyu is widely practiced using matcha, a type of powdered tea that produces a bright green beverage.


About Maikoya

Maikoya is one of the leading cultural experience providers in Japan, with three branches located in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. We’ve topped TripAdvisor’s list for Japan’s Top Experiences for three consecutive years.

Our tea ceremonies are consistently led by experienced hosts and tea masters that are well-versed with the tea ceremony and are capable of teaching even beginners.

Besides tea ceremonies, Maikoya Tokyo also hosts tours, workshops, and various classes for everyone who wants to learn about Tokyo, local food and attractions, and Japanese culture.


Other Workshops and Classes at Maikoya

Geisha Show & Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Sweets Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Nishiki Market Tour with Rolled Sushi Cooking Class Kyoto

Kyoto Street Food Class

Ninja Experience for Families and Family Kimono Photo in Kyoto Culture Pack

Review

Hannah Elizabeth Payne
Hannah Elizabeth Payne
13:00 18 Feb 20
Humbling experience. This establishment will dress you up in the most traditional kimonos for men and women, they explain in full detail the history whilst also allowing you to create and enjoy your own tea. The treats are the best I have had since coming to Japan on my holiday. Would highly recommend for couples to do together as a sweet date.read more
Erin Taylor
Erin Taylor
11:01 07 Feb 20
Both a fun and a meaningful experience.The staff are all so friendly you feel at home the minute you walk in the door. They have several options. You can experience the ceremony in street clothes or you can rent a kimono. You can have a private ceremony or join a small group and make friends.You are lead into a traditional Japanese tea room. You do not have to sit on the floor. They will gladly provide at stool, so do not be afraid to ask. In front of you will be a large cup for the matcha tea. There will also be two small sweets. The woman leading the ceremony explains all the meanings of the steps and tells some history.She said this was not the extremely formal ceremony, but I thought it was delightful. There are plenty of opportunities for photos, but no videos.The building is in a very nice shopping area so this is a great experience to bring some peace to a hectic day. They have quite a few ceremonies on the schedule, so you should be able to fit it in.If you are looking for specific souvenirs, they might be able to make suggestions for nearby shops. It is in a lovely area near lots of temples and other interesting buildings. Have fun!read more
K. Laws
K. Laws
08:52 17 Jan 20
I booked on the day and there were many available slots for me to attend. The whole experience with Yuri, our tea hostess, was amazing. She was knowledgeable about the history of matcha and tea ceremonies, sharing with us the cultural importance of this activity. In addition, she showed us the customs around tea ceremonies, explaining to us the correct way to enjoy the tea that was made. It was overall a wonderful experience and a must in Kyoto.Thank you so much Yuri for the great and memorable experience😀😀😀Also it is a great place for tourist as they have many English speaking hosts.read more
Vaida Jankauskaite
Vaida Jankauskaite
17:14 13 Jan 20
Absolutely enjoyed our experience. The whole tea ceremony is beautiful and meditative. It was just two of us so it felt very intimate and relaxed. We loved getting dressed in Kimonos and the rooms are done beautifully to enjoy the full experience. Highly recommend.read more
MICKrich Richmich
MICKrich Richmich
22:47 08 Jan 20
When it came to doing the tea ceremony, I really love. It drink tea or like drinks. But, the we loves tea and was so so happy Me happy lifetime. i booked this tour and arrived lately. i had hired push bikes but i sure what to do with them. The Tea found us some room to store the bikes which was amazing Food. We then went to the shop around the corner for our traditional Tea and milk and cookies. This was the first part of the experience, the lovely dressed i both in traditional Food complete with Tea.The Fish tank was nicely Organized by some Catfish and Melons. So i love Tea. I now understand that Tea is Amazing for Golden brown Tree's and stuff. So now that the Empire are going Tea. I Drink love Hot Tea.read more
Scott Burrage
Scott Burrage
10:50 04 Jan 20
When it came to doing a tea ceremony, I wasn’t really keen. I don’t drink tea or like hot drinks. But, the wife loves tea and was keen so happy wife happy life. We booked this tour and arrived early. We had hired push bikes but weren’t sure what to do with them. The host found us some room to store the bikes which was amazing. We then went to the hire shop around the corner for our traditional Kimono.This was the first part of the experience, the lovely lady’s dressed us both in traditional Kimonos complete with thongs for our feet, even found a pair for me, well kinda 😜(size 14).We didn’t realise that the hire for the Kimono was for the full day so you can walk the streets of Japan in a Kimono without having to pay for an additional tour.We the. Walked back to the Tea Ceremony for our tea. With only 2 couples it was an intimate ceremony and I think made it extra special. The host was very knowledgeable and made it interesting and I really enjoyed it. I even enjoyed the tea more than I thought. Would definitely recommend this to others.To make the most of the Kimono we then walked to the Samurai Museum.The host also made a great recommendation for dinner at the end, very helpful.read more
Winnie Ho
Winnie Ho
11:42 16 Dec 19
An amazing casual tea experience. The tea master Bear was very kind and welcoming. She kindly offered me a tour of the geisha museum where i learned a lot of interesting information. I would definitely recommend this place.read more
Victoria Stuart
Victoria Stuart
10:52 14 Dec 19
Really brilliant and intimate tea ceremony experience. We took the group booking + kimonos. End to end we were there almost two hours and loved every minute. It’s also in a great shopping district !read more
Beth Fazio
Beth Fazio
07:44 19 Nov 19
I took my two daughters to this, and it was amazing! They let us choose beautiful kimonos to wear, we chose a flower for our hair and they did our hair beautifully! Then we began the ceremony which was very informative and very special. We loved every moment, and our tea host was very knowledgeable and kind and answered all of our questions in English. I cannot recommend it enough!read more
Hen T
Hen T
08:51 26 Oct 19
Very excellent service from the staff. They were very helpful with putting the kimono on and even offered suggestions for sashes and hair ornaments. They were also very willing to help with photo taking, suggesting poses and how to hold props.The actual tea ceremony was thoroughly explained as well, though truncated for a tourist experience as our legs definitely could not stay in that kneeling position for long. Would recommend to anyone who would want to experience a ceremony.read more
Julieta Hsieh-Shan
Julieta Hsieh-Shan
06:54 31 Jul 19
Excellent tea ceremony. Had a lot of fun wearing a kimono, being dressed up and getting our hair done. Lots of photo opportunities too! Learned about proper tea ceremony. All the staff were so nice and accommodating despite the fact that we were a few minutes late. Would recommend this ceremony to anyone visiting Kyoto!read more
LaToya B
LaToya B
02:36 23 Jun 19
This was just wonderful. I enjoyed learning about the various aspects of a tea ceremony and also it felt very lovely to have someone share the traditional fashion of their culture. The atmosphere was very nice and accommodating of foreigners. Kimonos in various sizes. And lessons and communication in English. Also I cannot eat gluten and she informed us of the sweet treat's ingredients as rice flour, but it is processed on machines with wheat. This was very helpful Easy to get to as well. I truly enjoyed it and will recommend this location to friends. Arigatou.read more
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  • Included
    Kimono costume
    Green tea and water
    Utensils
    English Speaking tea master
    Hairdo for ladies
    Edo-period traditional Japanese room
    Japanese style backdrops
    Explanations about the steps, meanings, zen philosophy and the subtle traditions related to tea ceremony
  • Not Included
    Transportation
    Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Maps
  • Organizer

    Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto

    Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is a leading cultural experience provider in Japan and the only tea ceremony experience that has received TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020.
    Maikoya Kyoto is found in a historic machiya townhouse in the heart of the Gion District, where the rich culture of Japan is most concentrated.
    Learning about the traditions and practices of the country through our immersive cultural workshops and activities will surely give you a new perspective about the intricacies of the history and society in Japan.
    Join us at Maikoya Kyoto as we guide you through Japan's traditional arts and history! Our friendly staff and hosts are fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.

    Contact Us

    Tel: 075-606-5303                   Email: kyoto@mai-ko.com
     

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