Now there are some places that serve you a cup of green tea or matcha as a “tea ceremony”. But you will not understand what really is only having a cup of tea without enough explanation. Tea ceremony is a comprehensive art that forms bases of Japanese art. Did you know many other arts like room decoration, flower arrangements, calligraphy, equipment, kaiseki dishes and sweets were invented or improved as tea ceremony was developed? We offer a tour through which you will learn more about tea ceremony and the culture and history behind.
This tour offers you a great experience of tea ceremony as well as learning of tea ceremony at a tea ceremony museum. It perfectly fits for the ones who want to learn deeply about tea ceremony and related arts.
- In the morning, we visit a tea ceremony museum where we can learn history of tea ceremony and see tea ceremony equipment as well as room decorations. You will learn about cultural and historical back-ground of tea ceremony.
- For lunch, we will visit local soba (back wheat) restaurant that is popular among locals.
- In the afternoon, we go to a tea house where offers you an authentic tea ceremony. You will experience how to behave during the tea ceremony.
- If you prefer, we visit a local shop where you can purchase tea powder or a shop where you can see/ purchase beautiful tea equipment.
|Tour Type:||Private Tour (minimum 2 people)|
|Price:||Tour fee of ¥33,000/person|
|Tour Fee Includes:||Entrance fee for a museum, tea ceremony experience at a tea house and an English speaking guide.|
|Tour Fee Not Included:||Travel expense and lunch (approx. ¥1,200/p.p, cash needed) are not included.|
|Duration:||Approx. 6 hours including traveling time|
|Cancellation Policy:||No refunds without exception for no-shows or cancellations within 7 days of the scheduled tour day (Japan time).|
|Weather:||This tour is not cancelled for weather except in extreme circumstances (e.g., typhoons) in which case we will contact you and refund your payment in full.|
*Please wear socks as you will take off your shoes at the museum and tea room.
|Wi-fi:||Public wi-fi is not available along most of the route of this tour.|
|Photos/Protocols:||Your guide will advise but photography is allowed for most parts of the tour.|
|Directions to Starting Point:||Pick up at your hotel in central Tokyo|
|Note:||*Address and information on access to the venue will be provided after you register.|
Koicha (thick green tea) and usucha (thin green tea) in authentic tea ceremony
How did tea ceremony started and become sophisticated in Japanese culture?