Tea Ceremony with Kimono Experience in Tokyo (Includes Free Kimono Rental)

Tokyo Tea Ceremony in Japan is one of the best and memorable experiences you can have! Kimonos would normally be worn during traditional tea ceremonies. Maikoya Tokyo offers an authentic matcha tea ceremony in the heart of Japan's cultural capital, Tokyo!

Kimono Tea ceremony Tokyo Maikoya

Location

KIMONO TEA CEREMONY TOKYO MAIKOYA

1-12-2, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

東京都台東区浅草1丁目12-2
  • 6 minutes walk from Exit-1 of Asakusa Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Asakusa Line.
  • 2 min walk from Exit-A4 of Asakusa Station on Tsukuba Express.

TOKYO MAIKOYA is found in a tranquil tea house, just a walking distance from Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Sky Tree. It is easily accessible from Tokyo Station.

 

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Important Information

  • Children under 7 can not enter the tea ceremony venue. If you are traveling with children under the age of 12, please check our FAMILY PLAN.
  • Lasts approximately 90 - 120 minutes

    Your appointment time is the starting time for kimono dressing. The tea ceremony is scheduled to start in about 30 minutes, but it depends on the situation. You will have to wait until all participants are dressed in kimonos. Also, if you arrive late at appointment time, you can wear the kimono after the tea ceremony is over.

    Tea ceremony is a gathering to respect others and spend a relaxing time. Please make a reservation with plenty of time.
  • In Tokyo, mornings see heavy traffic on trains and taxis. Choose a reservation time with extra travel time in mind. We recommend choosing a time in the quieter afternoon when transportation is less crowded.

Traditional Tea Ceremony with Kimono

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Tea Ceremony

Our award-winning tea ceremonies are not only enjoyable but also a comprehensive educational experience. Our expert tea master and host, and friendly staff will demonstrate the process during the tea ceremony while explaining the significance behind it the steps and the tools. You will get to learn about tea ceremony history, and tea ceremony etiquette.

During the tea ceremony, you will not only observe how to make matcha green tea but you will also be guided on the process of making your own by the tea master. You will be using high-quality matcha powder that will produce a brilliant cup of green matcha.
 
 
 
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Kimono

Kimono Rental in Sensoji Temple Tokyo Asakusa

MAIKOYA is the only facility in Tokyo where you can experience real kimono and tea ceremony in the same place.

Kimono Rental

A selection of beautiful kimonos is available for you to choose from, and our staff will make sure you look your best for your unique Japanese experience. Ladies will be treated to get their hair  done to match their kimono and traditional Japanese look!

 

You can take many photos by wearing an authentic kimono in the beautiful Japanese gardens of Maikoya. You can even wear your kimonos outside after your tea ceremony, and take a stroll down the historical Asakusa District.

 
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Kimono rental photo Tokyo
 
Kimono Rental in Sensoji Temple Tokyo Asakusa
Kimono Rental in Sensoji Temple Tokyo Asakusa
 
 
 
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The foundations of Zen philosophy

You don't even need to worry about the language barrier! All of our staff is fluent in English and can answer and explain anything about the ceremony. Asking questions during the tea ceremony is welcome. Our staff will teach you about the foundations of Zen philosophy that have influenced the Japanese tea ceremony: Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku, which translates into harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

 
 
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Japanese sweets

Japanese sweets with Maccha

You will also be sampling traditional Japanese sweets called wagashi, which will vary in flavors, shapes, and colors according to the season. Each experience at Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is unique just by the snacks served at each session, not just by the personalization for each guest.

 
 

You can sit comfortably, in any appropriate way you prefer.

ryurei table style tea ceremony
 

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.

 

Need to cancel or reschedule?

You don’t have to worry if you need to cancel or postpone your appointment with us.

Traditional Tea Ceremony

What is a tea ceremony?

The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as sado, chado, or chanoyu, is a centuries-old tradition of preparing and serving powdered matcha green tea, stemming from the practice of Buddhism in China. This is a ritualistic way of making matcha, a type of powdered tea unique to Japan, which is made from dried tea leaves and produces a bright green color.

This is a rare treat for visitors who want to experience the true culture and essence of Japan!


Do you want to know more? Visit our blog for more information! Click here.
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How is the tea ceremony performed at Maikoya?

The tea ceremony begins by being welcomed into the tea room by the host, also called the "teishu", where the tools and utensils are laid out ready to be used for the ritual. While everyone is expected to sit on the tatami mats arranged on the floor, wooden chairs are provided for those who choose not to. Comfort is prioritized at Maikoya, so you are welcome to sit however you like!

The matcha is typically prepared in a quiet and calm environment, but guests are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about the ritual. If there are none, the host will explain the process from time to time, providing introductions and demonstrations so you can familiarize yourself with the tools and steps during the ceremony.

 matcha tasting

Tea ceremony tools and utensils are taken great care of, with the host wiping them gently with a silk cloth to make sure they are clean. Some of the items used in the ancient tradition are important artifacts that have been used for generations. After preparing the items, the host will carefully measure the matcha powder and hot water, demonstrating the step before teaching you the mesmerizing process of whipping the matcha until it creates a thick foam.

 

After the tea is prepared, you will get to taste the matcha and the product of your hard work! The matcha tasting and preparation is participated in by everyone in your group if you booked for multiple people.


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.
 

We are confident that this experience will be your best takeaway from Japan. You can easily make a reservation with us now by choosing the best date for you. You can also opt for a private ceremony for groups and individuals.

There is a tea ceremony every hour at the Maikoya teahouse from 10AM to 6PM and can last about 90 to 120 minutes. Book your tea ceremony with us online! Just click on the reservation at the top of this page.

 


 

 

Business Hours

 

10:00 - 18:30

We are open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Our tea ceremonies are available every hour.  Just fill in the form on the top of this page - It's that easy!

 


 

 

Address

 

1-chōme-12-2, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

We are located nearby a number of historical attractions in Asakusa District in downtown Tokyo!

 


 

 

FAQs

 

What is the Japanese tea ceremony?

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

 

Do I have to sit on the floor?

We can provide a seat for you so you can be comfortable! Our events are also wheelchair accessible and we provide assistance to give you a great experience.

Do you serve gluten-free snacks?

Our wagashi are gluten-free and nut-free treats made with rice flour and sweet red bean paste. These are also halal and kosher!

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?

The tea ceremony is traditionally performed while wearing a kimono. But 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 it on and ladies' hair will be styled to suit it.

How long does a tea ceremony last?

This particular package can last up to 90 minutes, 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?

Tea ceremonies are usually held in tea houses, tea rooms, and Japanese tea gardens.

What happens during the tea ceremony at Maikoya Tokyo?

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.

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

Kimono Tea Ceremony MAIKOYA TOKYO

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 2022.
Maikoya Tokyo is found in a tranquil tea house near the Meiji Shrine, just a walking distance from Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Sky Tree.
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 Tokyo 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

Email: tokyo@mai-ko.com
Address: 1-chōme-12-2, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan