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WHERE TO EXPERIENCE A TEA CEREMONY

Traditional - Japanese Cultural Experiences - Tea

  • HOTEL CHINZANSO TOKYO

    Tel: +81 3-3943-1111 
    Email: concierge@hotel-chinzanso.com
    Address: 10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-8680
    Access: The hotel is a 3-minute taxi ride or a 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line.
    Hours: Weekdays only between 10:00 and 17:00
    Price: Up to 3 people ¥8,000 per person 
    More than 4 people ¥5,000 per person
    Time required: About 1 hour.
    Note: Served in traditional Japanese tea houses, located in the hotel's garden. They are very old buildings and one of them has been registered as a tangible cultural asset.
    Please make a reservation at least 3 days in advance.
    Website: www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com
  • IMPERIAL HOTEL - TOKYO

    Tel: +81 (0)3-3504-1111 (switchboard)
    Address: 4F, Main Bldg., 1-1-1, Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Access: Near Hibiya Station on Subway Hibiya, Chiyoda or Toei Mita Line
    Hours: 10:00-16:00
    Closed: Sundays, national holidays and 1-15 August.
    Price: ¥1,500
    Time required: approx. 20 min.
    Note: Prior reservation is necessary. Served in a tatami-mat room.
    Website: Imperial Hotel –Toko-an
  • KEIO PLAZA HOTEL - TOKYO

    Tel: +81-3-3344-0111
    Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, 160-8330 Japan
    Access: 5 minutes' walk from JR Shinjuku Station
    Hours: 4 times per day, every day excluding Thursdays and Sundays
    Closed: Thursdays and Sundays
    Price: JPY 2,000 per guest per tea ceremony (Includes service charges & tax)
    Time required: 30 minutes
    Note: Maximum four people per session
    Website: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

  • HOTEL OKURA - TOKYO

    Tel: +81 (0)3-3582-0111 (switchboard)
    Address: Main Bldg. 7F, 2-10-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Access: Near Toranomon Station on Ginza Subway Line; Kamiyacho Station on Hibiya Subway Line; or Roppongi-itchome Station on Namboku Subway Line.
    Hours: 11:00-16:00
    Closed:
    Sundays and national holidays
    Price: ¥1,050 (cards accepted)
    Time required:
    approx. 30 min.
    Note: Prior reservation is necessary. Served either in a tatami-mat room or on chairs.
    Website: Hotel Okura - Chosho-an
  • HOTEL NEW OTANI - TOKYO

    Tel: +81 (0)3-3265-1111 (switchboard)
    Address: 7F, Tower, 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Access: Near Akasaka-mitsuke Station on Ginza and Marunouchi Subway Lines, or Nagatacho Station on Yurakucho and Hanzomon Subway Lines.
    Hours: 11:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
    Price: ¥ 1,050 (cash only)
    Time required: approx. 15-20 min.
    Note: Better to make an appointment. Reservation is required for a group of over 7 persons. Served in a tatami-mat room.
    Website: Hotel New Otani - Seisei-san 
  • CHADO KAIKAN - TOKYO

    Tel: +81 (0)3-3361-2446 (switchboard)
    Address: Chado Kaikan, 3-39-17, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    Access: 10 min. walk from Takadanobaba Station on JR Yamanote Line, Seibu-Shinjuku Line and Subway Tozai Line or take a bus bound for "Otakibashi-Shako" to Takadanobaba 4-chome Bus Stop.
    Hours: [1] 11:30, [2] 14:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    Closed: Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
    Price: ¥2,000
    Time required: approx. 1 hour
    Note: Prior reservation is necessary. For more details, please inquire by phone.
    Website: Chado Kaikan

  • HAPPOEN - TOKYO

    Tel: +81 (0)3-3443-3775
    Address: 1-1-6, Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Access: 15 min. walk from Meguro Station on JR Yamanote Line, Namboku and Mita Subway Lines.
    Hours: 11:00-16:00 daily; Obon Period: (14-17 August) 11:00-13:00.
    Closed: Year-end and New Year Holidays
    Price: Tea ceremony: ¥ 2,100 (Ryurei), ¥ 3,150 (Hiroma) and ¥ 5,000 (Koma) 30 mins. Just tea and sweets served: ¥ 840, 15mins.
    Note: Reservation is required at least 3 days in advance. Tea is served to the seated guests either on tatami mats or on chairs (Ryurei).
    Website: Happoen – Muan 
  • NISHIJIN TONDAYA - KYOTO

    Tel: +81 (0)75-432-6701. Book online
    Address: Ichijo-agaru, Omiya, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8226.
    Access: Approx.15mins by taxi from JR Kyoto Station; or approx. 3mins walk from Ichijo Modoribashi bus stop; or approx. 3mins walk from Imadegawa Omiya bus stop.
    Hours: 10:00-16:30. Closed on the New Year's holidays 31 December – 1 January.
    Price: From ¥3,150 including a tour of the historic Tondaya Machiya Townhouse and tea ceremony.
    Time required: 45mins.
    Note: It's also possible to experience wearing a kimono and traditional Japanese lunches are also offered at Tondaya.
    Website: Nishijin Tondaya
  • Joukeian - Kyoto

    Address: Sannai cho 1-24 Sennyuji Higashiyamaku Kyoto
    Access:
    Near Toufukuji station, which is located one stop away from JR Kyoto, and three stops from Gion/Shijo station. Or, 15 mins by taxi from Kyoto station.  MAP
    Hours: See their website for details of the variety of courses on offer.
    Price: From ¥2,000
    Time required: From 1-4 hours, depending on the course chosen.
    Note: Prior reservation is necessary. For more details, please see their website.
    Website: joukeian.gotohp.jp
  • CASUAL CAFES TO TRY JAPANESE TEA IN KYOTO

    Toraya Karyo Kyoto Shop

      Renowned as a purveyor of Japanese confections to the imperial household for centuries, Toraya's cafe is close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Here you can appreciate a variety of beautifully crafted seasonal namagashi (traditional Japanese-style confections) served with green tea.
    Open: 10:00-18:00 March – November; 10:00 – 17:30 December - February; closed 29 December through 1 January.
    Address: Karasuma-nishi-iru, Ichijo-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto.  Tel: +81 (0)75-441-3113


    Ippodo Tea Room Kaboku

    Here you can choose from a variety of tea leaves including sencha (most common type of leaf tea), gyokuro (top-grade leaf tea), hojicha (brown roasted tea), and other types. It is then freshly prepared for you to enjoy  with traditional Japanese confections.
    Open: Daily 11:00-17:00.
    Address: Teramachi-dori Nijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. Tel: +81 (0)75-211-3421.

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