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.
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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
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.
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.
Matcha Tea Powder
- Along with hot water, you will be given matcha tea powder to make fresh matcha.
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.
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
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
- 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.
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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!
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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.
Do you want to study the Japanese tea ceremony?
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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.
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
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