Tea Ceremony and Kimono for Kids and Families in Kyoto

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¥5000 / person
¥4000 / person   (+ tax)
Please make a reservation for 3 or more people including one child.

Try an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in the heart of Kyoto!

The tea ceremony is a centuries-old tradition celebrated all over East Asia, and a respected ritual in Japan. The Japanese art of the tea ceremony served as an opportunity for the nobility and the samurai to communicate and meet in secret during the Edo Period 300 years ago.

Today, it’s a form of meditative art form for everyone in the family! Our simplified version of the tea ceremony is the perfect opportunity to teach kids the importance of focus and being mindful of others, along with instilling a deep appreciation for arts and tradition.

All sessions are private for COVID-19 measures.

Tea Ceremony and Kimono for Kids and Families

Lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes

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Activity inclusions:

  1. A traditional kimono 
    • Kimonos for kids and adults will be provided. The staff will be assisting and teaching you how to properly put it on. Girls and 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 using this to make fresh matcha.
  4. Orange juice or matcha latte for kids
    • Since matcha tea may be too strong for kids’ tastes, a substitute will be given.
  5. Japanese Sweets or wagashi
    • You will be treated to the seasonal sweets!

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.


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A modified tea ceremony for kids!

Our tea ceremony and kimono experience for kids is a simplified version of the tradition, made to be more suitable for younger participants.

Although the whole activity lasts for an hour, the tea ceremony itself will only be 20 minutes. You will have plenty of time to take family pictures while everyone wears a kimono!

Since matcha tea can be too strong for kids, we will provide orange juice and matcha latte options to suit their more sensitive palates.

Although the tradition is typically observed while sitting on the tatami, chairs will be provided if you or the kids would prefer otherwise.

This experience is shorter and more affordable than our regular kimono tea ceremony.

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Traditional kimonos for the whole family

We provide a variety of sizes and styles for kimonos, suitable for everyone in the family! Kids can also wear other local costumes such as the samurai hakama or the ninja uniform if they prefer.

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Regular price

¥5,000 / person (+ tax)

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*Please note that this activity requires at least 3 participants including one child to reserve.

Book your Tea Ceremony and Kimono for Kids and Families in Kyoto on this page!

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

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

 

What can you expect during the tea ceremony?

Tea ceremony for kids and families

You will be putting on a traditional kimono after choosing from our selection. There are a variety of styles and sizes provided that can fit everyone of all ages. Our friendly staff will be providing assistance so you can look your best!

Girls and ladies in the group will be given extra attention as their hair will be styled and accessorized appropriately to match their kimonos.

The tea ceremony will be held in a traditional Japanese tatami room with historical and cultural designs. The tea ceremony is traditionally performed with the knees on the floor but you and your family can sit comfortably. Chairs will also be provided upon request, should sitting on the floor be deemed uncomfortable.

You will be given a set of tools for the tea ceremony – a whisk, tea bowl, and a plate with a serving of wagashi, a traditional Japanese treat. The wagashi is nut and gluten-free. The treats will be featuring seasonal local flavors that the whole family is sure to enjoy!

If there are any intolerances, allergies, or diet preferences, please let us know.
The host will be demonstrating and guiding the group on how to prepare the matcha tea. Kids are sure to enjoy the hands-on experience of making their own drink! In the case that they do not find the matcha palatable, orange juice or the sweeter matcha latte will be provided instead.

You will be given a short background on the tea ceremony, its significance in Japanese culture, and the steps for preparation.

This activity will be shorter compared to the regular kimono tea ceremony. If you would like to book a full tea ceremony with us, check out PRIVATE Kimono Tea Ceremony in Kyoto!


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FAQs

How long does the ceremony last?

The tea ceremony is expected to last 20 minutes, while the whole experience is about 45 to 60 minutes.

Is there a kimono included?

Yes. We have a variety of sizes available for everyone, including children.

Do I need to wear a kimono?

This tea ceremony package is traditionally observed with a kimono. We provide a variety of sizes for all ages. However, kids may choose to wear our samurai hakama costume or ninja-yoroi uniform instead.

Do you provide a hair and makeup service?

We provide hair styling services for ladies and young girls in addition to kimono assistance. Makeup is not available.

Can I walk outside wearing a kimono?

Yes. We charge a small rental fee if you would like to use our kimonos outside the teahouse. However, if the weather is not good, we may not give this option.

How old are the children who can join?

We do have an age limit for children who can wear our kimonos. Our kimonos are suitable for children of any age!

Are wagashi vegan/vegetarian, halal, or kosher?

The wagashi we serve 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 have a minimum number of participants?

This package requires at least three people, including one child.

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 in 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.

Looking for more workshops? Check out our other experiences in Kyoto!

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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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