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Tea Ceremony and Kimono for Kids and Families in Kyoto
Japanese tea ceremony is a centuries-old tradition celebrated all around the world. It was a secret meeting opportunity for the samurai and considered as a Japanese art form. A typical tea ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and requires absolute silence which may not be suitable for all kids. At the same time we believe, Japanese tea ceremony is a perfect way to teach kids the importance of focus, turn taking and relating to others. More importantly, we believe all kids should be able to experience Japanese culture during their trip to Japan. So we simplified the process just a little, to help families who are visiting Japan to enjoy this timeless experiences.
Your experience includes
- Traditional kimono dress up (hairdo for ladies)
- Trying Japanese sweets
- Drinking Japanese tea (optional orange juice or matcha latte for young kids)
- Explanation of the tea ceremony ritual and the importance of silence and focus in plain English
- Sitting on the chair while doing the ceremony, we can also allow you to sit on the floor and sit on your knees if your kids are OK with it
- If the kids want, they can choose to wear other local outfit such as a samurai kimono or a ninja costume
This experience in total lasts for about an hour and the tea ceremony lasts about 20 minutes.
This experience is cheaper than the regular kimono tea ceremony since this activity is relatively shorter and adjusted for young participants.
This activity includes wearing the traditional Japanese kimono so you can perform the cultural ritual and also take lovely kimono pictures as a family!!!
Note: It is not guaranteed that this will be a private experience as they may be other families. For private experience please reserve “private tea ceremony” by clicking on the back button.
Note: There needs to be at least 3 participants including one child to reserve for this activity.
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.