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Kimono Tea Ceremony in Tokyo Shinjuku
Experience an authentic, award-winning tea ceremony with kimonos in the heart of Tokyo with us at Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya at a traditional tea room! We are the only tea ceremony venue in Japan to be included in TripAdvisor’s list of Japan’s Top Experiences 2019, chosen by travelers’ reviews.
The ceremony lasts up to 45 minutes and is available every hour from 9 AM to 7 PM. You can find the Maikoya tea house near the JR Shinjuku Station and Higashi Shinjuku Subway Station.
Our Tokyo tea ceremonies are now available online! You can enjoy and participate in the cultural experience in the comforts of your own home. For more information, click here!
Japanese tea ceremonies can be a rare and once-in-a-lifetime activity, and we’re offering it to you and any tourists to try out. Maikoya tea ceremony offers the following opportunities during a session:
- An authentic Japanese tea ceremony
- Trying out and wearing a kimono for the full experience
- For the ladies, a traditional Japanese hairstyle or updo
- Drinking matcha green tea
- Eating wagashi or Japanese sweets
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, or a casual session for those who would rather not wear a kimono.
All sessions are currently private for COVID-19 measures.
|Individuals (1)||14,000 JPY|
7,000 JPY per person
|3 or more||
6,000 JPY per person
During the tea ceremony workshop, you will learn how to make and prepare matcha, a special green tea powder, in a traditional tea room while wearing a kimono. A qualified instructor will be guiding the 400-year-old activity, using special tools and utensils to make the perfect cup of tea. And you, the participant in the ceremony, will be learning about the foundations of zen philosophy: Wa, kei, sei, jaku, which translate respectively into harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.
You can even have your own handmade wagashi or traditional Japanese sweets if you’ve previously joined a sweets making workshop.
We at Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya have a selection of beautiful kimonos for you to choose from, and our staff will make sure you will look your best and be picture perfect for your unique experience with us. Don’t worry if you can’t speak Japanese, our friendly and accommodating staff will be able to provide assistance and instructions in English.
A tea ceremony experience at Maikoya includes:
- An introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals, taught by a friendly and experienced instructor in Chinese, Japanese, and English.
- You will be encouraged to try traditional green matcha tea and Japanese styled sweets
- 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 chose 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
- We also have tea ceremony artifacts and displays with detailed explanations in English that will help you better understand the subtle meanings and the rich history behind this unique tradition
Learn Japanese culture with all of your senses – especially your sense of wonder!
Just in case if you were wondering:
- You are allowed to ask the host questions about tea ceremony, zen and other cultural rituals
- You are allowed to take pictures in the tea ceremony room after the ceremony as well as the other rooms and in front of our unique backdrops
- You are allowed to sit comfortably on the floor (without sitting on your knees on the tatami mat). We also provide bamboo chairs for those who prefer not to sit on the floor.
- If you need some additional information, don’t hesitate to go to our blog.
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…
09:00 ~ 18:30
We open at 9 AM and close around 7 PM. We sometimes accept walk-ins but we expect you to make a reservation online because you may need to wait or asked to come back later if you just show up without a reservation.
〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 2 Chome−19−15
We are located near the Inarikiou Jinja. Our location is about a 3-minute walk from the Higashi Shinjuku Subway Station. Please make sure to take exit A1. You can also directly walk to our place from the JR Shinjuku Station, please take the main exit.
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Things to do in Shinjuku
Shinjuku Gyoen. Most of our guests go to Shinjuku Gyoen Garden before or after the tea ceremony. It was built as a residence for a samurai lord in the 1700s and designated as the imperial garden in the early 1900s. The scenery is just breathtaking scenery during the cherry blossom or the Fall leaves seasons. This 144-acre area has ponds, cafes, traditional Japanese-style gardens and a botanical garden.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This 202-meter tall 48-floor building gives you an excellent view of the Tokyo City. The best part is it is walking distance from our tea house and the entrance is free.
Hanazono Jinja. This is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo where the fertility and success gods are enshrined. We cna allow you to go there to take pictures while you are wearing the kimonos.
Meiji Jingu. The historic shrine which houses the largest torii gate in Tokyo is only a train station away from our location. Meiji Jingu is also right next to Harajuku, so it is good combo for an exciting afternoon following the session at Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya.
Harajuku. A must-see neighborhood where you catch a glimpse of the latest street Fashion of Tokyo and trendy cafes.
Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya is only one station away from our tea house. It is home to the world’s busies intersection with 2500 pedestrian at any given moment. Shibuya station is used by 2.4 million people a day. You can also see the famous dog Hachi’s statue nearby.
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Kimono Tea Ceremony in Tokyo Shinjuku
IncludedKimono costumeGreen tea and waterUtensilsEnglish Speaking tea masterHairdo for ladiesEdo-period traditional Japanese roomJapanese style backdropsExplanations about the steps, meanings, zen philosophy and the subtle traditions related to tea ceremony
Not IncludedTransportationHotel pickup and drop-off
Kimono Tea Ceremony Tokyo MAIKOYAJapan's only tea ceremony venue that received the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award, MAIKOYA has a beautiful tea ceremony house with a garden located in the heart of Tokyo. The tranquil tea house near Meiji Shrine is a walking distance from Shinjuku, Harajuku and only a stop away from shibuya and Tokyo station. The participants at Tea Ceremony Tokyo Maikoya are also allowed to wear a kimono and even walk outside in the nearby gardens of Shinjuku Gyoen, or the Meiji Jingu Shrine if they choose to. After all the hustle and bustle on the busy streets of Tokyo, you can finally have your moment of zen and enjoy a unique kimono wearing experience at Tea Ceremony Tokyo Maikoya. Directions to our location in Shinjuku