Immersive experience in a traditional Kyoto tea ceremony
Your choice of kimono, paired with an obi belt & sandals
Chance to learn the intricacies of the graceful art of tea
Lesson in making tea & enjoying it with traditional sweets
Time to go sightseeing in Kyoto while wearing your kimono
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Traditional tea ceremony
Green tea, rice porridge, and sweet treats
Kimono rental package, including kimono, obi belt, socks, and sandals
Hairstyling for women
Additional food or beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Know Before You Book
Children 10 and younger are not allowed.
Maximum group size is 6 people.
Kimonos must be returned to the meeting location by 6 PM on the day of rental.
Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
What you can expect
Immerse yourself in one of the most recognized traditions in Japan—the time-honored tea ritual. Arrive at a local tea house, where you get outfitted with an authentic kimono and then enjoy a morning ceremony as you learn how to make your very own green tea.
Upon arrival at the tea shop, a multilingual host greets you and escorts you toward the kimonos. You then have your choice of many colors and patterns, which you can mix and match with different obis. To further heighten the experience, the women of the group can undergo a hairstyling session with styles ranging from soft curls to structural updos.
Following your makeover, it's time to prepare for the tea ceremony, a ritual dating back more than 1,000 years. Settle into the traditional seating position on the floor and watch as your host methodically uses a bamboo whisk to combine hot water with powered matcha tea. Follow along as they explain the intricacies of the art, which many spend years attempting to perfect.
You then learn how to make your own tea and sip it alongside a sweet treat that's used to balance out the bitterness of the drink. You're also given a bowl of traditional gruel, a rice porridge often eaten for breakfast.
Once the ceremony and lesson are over, the afternoon is yours to do with as you please. Head out into the streets for a few hours of sightseeing in your kimono. You can pose for photos in front of the many ornate temples in the area, sit down for a fresh sushi lunch, or go shopping among locals at the Nishiki Market before returning your garment.