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Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Juan

Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Activity provider: Tea Ceremony Juan

From US$ 22.93 per person

Experience the true art of tea drinking by taking part in this tea ceremony at Jotokuji temple. Learn about the ancient ritual of tea drinking and it's social significance in Japanese culture.

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Duration 70 minutes
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Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Take part in a traditional tea drinking ceremony
  • Marvel at the architecture of the Jotokuji Temple
  • Get the chance to sample different kinds of teas
Full description
Start your tea ceremony experience by entering through the main gates of the Jotoku-ji Temple. You will pass the entrance to the Grand Tearoom on your left and a shop next to it and meet at the nearby red benches where your guide awaits. Whilst walking through the temple you are free to admire the architecture and stand by the purification fountain. Weather permitting, you are free to sit at the red benches and for a break. In the event of rain you can stand outside under the gable of the shop or wait in the Grand Tearoom. Once you have finished perusing the temple or sitting on the red benches taking in the atmosphere you are able to enter the Grand Tearoom where your instructor waits for you.  Start your tour of the Temple with a traditional purification ritual, a completely unique and insightful experience for Western visitors. Afterwards you will remove your shoes at the entrance of the Grand Tearoom and in your group, proceed inside to take your seat. Get the chance to sample matcha tea at its best. The Tea Master will guide you throughout, showing and explaining every step of the way. Throughout the ceremony you will be taught the fine art of drinking matcha tea and learn about the importance of the ceremony.
  • Tour guide
  • Chanoyu workshop ceremony
  • No meals are available
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Tea Ceremony Juan: 556, Gojo-sagaru, Tominokoji Dori, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto.

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Important information

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  • Please note that the Temple is wheelchair accessible but the tearoom is not because there are three steps
  • For those not comfortable sitting on the floor in the traditional position seats and stools can be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 155 reviews

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The tea master perfectly demonstrated the tea ceremony and it was a great experience to watch and follow. Her explanation was very informative. Since I had an injured foot, she took a lot of consideration for me during the class. It was thoughtful and pleasurable experience. It is literally the value for money

January 10, 2023

This demonstration lasted about an hour and change and took place in a Buddhist temple in a traditional setting that included paper walls and tatami mats on which we sat. Our host, Marcy, was very proficient and set our small group of five and two small children at ease. Not only did she prepare macha for us to sample but explained the ritual in detail and answered our many questions. Afterward, we sampled Japanese sweets and made our own tea from macha powder with a whisk in large tea vessels. It was a charming experience.

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December 26, 2019

We got a small tour of the temple and then we started. We had so much fun watching. The tea ceremony looked so grand and elegant. We were then allowed to carry out individual steps of it. Less elegant but lots of fun. We were allowed to enjoy the prepared Matcha with traditional sweets. And have learned quite a bit about the tea itself. Thanks! A great start to our time in Kyoto.

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November 20, 2019

Product ID: 186627