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Kyoto Matcha Ceremony and Kimono Experience

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Where You Can Learn the Tea Ceremony Near Kinkaku-ji Temple

I believe that many people come to Kyoto on purpose. In addition to visiting popular attractions such as Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine, they also want to find opportunities to wear kimonos and participate in some traditional tea ceremony experiences, so as to learn about the most traditional side of Kyoto.

However, when planning the itinerary, I discovered that the shop where the original kimono was rented was in the center of Kyoto, and the tea ceremony experience had to go to Uji instead. Isn't that just putting on the kimono early in the morning, then running to catch the railway, walking to Uji and spending hours queuing to get the opportunity to participate in the tea ceremony experience?
Then after participating in the tea ceremony experience in the afternoon, I realized that it was almost dark and I couldn't go to Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine to take pictures. It seems that it would be a bit wasteful to rent a kimono for a day, but it would be a bit wasteful, and you have to return the kimono within a limited time, otherwise you will need to pay additional fees.

In fact, when you come to Kyoto, you don’t have to run around to participate in the tea ceremony experience and wear kimonos. If you can spend an afternoon attending a tea ceremony class held by some local Kyoto people, you can arrange a more flexible itinerary. You can visit the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto in the morning, take the tea ceremony experience class in the afternoon, and go shopping in the evening. This kind of itinerary will not waste too much time in queuing and traffic, but you can experience different levels of culture in Kyoto.

Tea ceremony experience class popular among foreigners

In addition to being popular with Southeast Asian tourists, Kyoto, Japan, actually has many European and American tourists who like to go to Kyoto to experience the most traditional side of Japan. The tea ceremony experience class I want to share today is a private tea ceremony classroom near the Kinkakuji Temple, so that you can go directly to the tea ceremony experience after visiting the Kinkakuji Temple, without wasting too much time on traffic and queuing.

Take one of the private tea ceremony classesancient capitalFor example, there are a total of three short tutorials specially provided for tourists: "tea ceremony experience", "tea ceremony experience x wearing kimono x flower arrangement learning", and "traditional wagashi x tea ceremony experience". Although the instructors are mainly locals from Kyoto, those who came to the class in the past were all European and American tourists, so don't worry even if you don't understand Japanese.

In terms of course fees, the overall cost is not very expensive, probably the same as the cost of going to a sushi restaurant, but the point is that you don't have to spend time queuing up, you only need to make an appointment in advance, and you can enjoy a traditional environment. Participate in the most traditional tea ceremony experience.

Kyoto Traditional Tea Ceremony Experience
Tea ceremony experience class popular among European and American tourists
Kyoto Traditional Tea Ceremony Experience
You don't have to travel far, you can wear a kimono to participate in a matcha experience class in Kyoto

Tea ceremony class experience materials

Traditional Tea Ceremony Experience

Small group tea ceremony experience, no more than 10 people each time. In addition to watching the teacher's demonstration like a general tea ceremony experience, you can also experience the fun of tea ceremony yourself. The focus of the course is that the tutors can communicate with you directly in English
Experience time: 45 minutes
Experience fee: ¥2700 per person (if you are interested in wearing a kimono, you need to add ¥3000)

Traditional tea ceremony x kimono x flower arrangement experience

Private group experience, limited to 2 people at a time. In addition to getting the traditional tea ceremony experience, it also includes the cost of flower arrangement experience and wearing kimono.
Experience time: 90 – 120 minutes
Experience fee: ¥12000 per person

Traditional Matcha x Kyoto Confectionery Experience

Private group experience, limited to 2 people at a time. The main process is to experience traditional Kyoto confectionery and matcha. The instructor will share with you how to relax through matcha and confectionery, and find a leisurely side in the busy urban life.
Experience time: 45 minutes
Experience fee: ¥5400 per person

Ancient Capital – Tea Ceremony Course Reservation Information

Kyoto Attractions_Wearing Kimono_Tea Ceremony Experience

The course adopts an appointment system, and you need to make a reservation before leaving for Kyoto.Tea Ceremony Class – Koto's websiteMake an appointment and pay, and because different courses will have different experience times, it is recommended to make an appointment with the instructor before departure, so as not to find out that you will lose your budget when you arrive in Kyoto.

It is recommended to participate in the tea ceremony experience after visiting Kinkakuji Temple, because Kinkakuji Temple sometimes has a large number of people. If you go to Kinkakuji Temple after attending the course in the afternoon, the itinerary may be a bit rushed.

Classroom opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30
Tel: 090-9624-5164
Address: 37 / 37 Nishi Goshonouchi-cho Kita-ku Kyoto Japan

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