Sweets Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
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 kimono tea ceremony after class!
You 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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All sessions are private for COVID-19 measures.
Sweets Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
Lasts approximately 90 minutes
- A traditional kimono will be provided for you to use during the sweets-making class and the tea ceremony. You can choose from our selection of beautiful kimonos! For the ladies, our staff will be assisting in arranging your hair to suit the design of your kimono
- Traditional tools used in making wagashi. Japanese sweets are created using particular methods that can be difficult to duplicate without the proper materials. We’ll be providing you with all the tools and utensils needed for you to create your beautiful treats
- Required ingredients will be provided, ranging from the rice flour, sweet red bean paste, and coloring. Seasonal ingredients will also be used and will vary according to their availability. You will be able to try out a diverse range of ingredients and flavors unique to Japan!
- Tea ceremony utensils and ingredients will be provided after the sweets-making class. This includes the tea bowls, whisk, tea cloth, and other necessities. We will also provide the matcha powder and hot water for the 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.
Anyone is welcome to join in the workshop!
After the sweets-making class, you will be participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony!
Here, you’ll learn a little bit about the ritual and learn how to create matcha tea from the fine powder and hot water. You will be provided with a delicate bamboo whisk to create the frothy drink, along with one of our beautiful bowls.
You can enjoy your beautifully created wagashi along with the matcha.
Don’t forget to take pictures throughout the workshop!
Cameras are welcome as long as they don’t create too much distraction during the class.
How to book Sweets Making and Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto?
- Step 1: Fill up the reservation on this page by selecting the date and time slots, along with the number of adults and children in your group.
- Step 2: A confirmation email will be sent to you within a few hours, so make sure you check!
- Step 3: Wait for your schedule and have a fun day at our workshop!
You can also send us an email at email@example.com with the subject “Sweets-Making & Kimono Tea Ceremony Kyoto” and we’ll get back to you within 12 hours.
All the time slots are set in Japanese Standard Time. Use this to convert it to your timezone if you’re booking before coming to Japan!
1-10 people: ¥75000 / group
11+ people: ¥7500 / person
Adults and children are charged the same price.
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Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your sense of wonder!
What can you expect during your workshop?
You will be putting on a traditional kimono and apron 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.
Is there a kimono included?
Yes, a kimono will be provided before the workshop and be worn throughout the whole session. Our staff will be happy to assist you in putting it on and styling the ladies’ hair.
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 on your first or second trimester, you can still choose to wear it.
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.
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! Our sweets-making class is recommended for all kinds of groups, couples, and families with 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.
Looking for more workshops? Check out our other experiences in Kyoto!