Where to Experience a Tea Ceremony
Hotel Chinzanso - Tokyo
Tel: +81 3-3943-1111
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.
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
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
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.
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
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:  11:30,  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.
Casual cafes to try Japanese tea in Kyoto
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
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.