The Tea ceremony in Japan is a special ritual that dates back to the Middle Ages and is revered to this day.
Kantoku-tei is located nearby the heart of Tokyo. Teahouse with a room facing onto Oigawa river. They serve omatcha (powdered green tea) along with traditional Japanese sweets.
It is also located in one of Tokyo’s oldest gardens, and that is Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. It was built in 1629 by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun, during the early Edo period. It was named after a famous poem that asked the lord to only enjoy happiness after making sure his people were happy first. Like most traditional Japanese gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature, using a pond, stones, plants, and a man-made hill.
The traditional Garden surrounding the teahouse aims to recreate beautiful scenery in a miniature style. The Garden has beautiful trails leading to viewpoints to see beautiful Autumnal leaves, beautiful cherry trees in springtime, and seasonal flowers for year-round enjoyment. It is usually open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is 15 minutes away from Tokyo station by train.
Take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds with its picturesque ponds, fairytale bridges, and wealth of seasonal blossoms before taking up a window seat inside Kantoku-tei tearoom. The décor is a little rudimentary and you may find yourself sharing a table with a couple of salarymen who seem to flock here for the affordable lunch sets, but turn your attention towards the view and none of that will matter. Also, your matcha tea set will cost a mere ¥540.
No matter where you choose to experience Japanese tea culture, be sure to sip mindfully, soak up your surroundings, and participate in this age-old tradition.
If you want to attend a traditional tea ceremony in Tokyo you can book a tour
Kantoku-tei location and hours
For the best tea ceremony experience in Kyoto with a historic atmosphere, please check out Maikoya Tea Ceremony.
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