- Japanese tea ceremony experience (Sadou)
- Japanese tea ceremony experience by either watching tea ceremony or taking part of it
- Japanese tea ceremony experience by taking part of it
- Japanese tea ceremony experience by watching the whole process
- Places where you can enjoy Matcha
- Book a hotel in Japan
We often get a lot of requests for experiencing a Japanese tea ceremony in Tokyo.
Tea ceremony, Sado in Japanese, is Japanese cultural activity involving preparing Matcha green tea in a specific manner. You can learn the manner and also doing Sado will make your mind calm.
In order to offer you the best information for it, we picked up some places where you can have the tea ceremony experience in Tokyo. You can choose the place depending on the experience you would like to get from this article!
Japanese tea ceremony experience (Sadou)
Japanese tea ceremony experience by either watching tea ceremony or taking part of it
This traditional tea house is located in the fascinating garden. They have over 500 years old bonsai tree and their sophisticated display of tree, stone, water and sand were well composed to reproduce the nature.
You can have a tea ceremony experience there but also you can just stop by to have tea and Japanese sweets.
You can choose from 3 plans according to your wish.
Time: 30-60 minutes
Fees: Tea and sweets only -> 1,100yen / person
Tea-ceremony experience (chair) -> 2,200yen / person
Tea-ceremony experience (tatami) -> 8,800yen / person
*Weekday only, max. 2 people, you can enjoy the most formal tea ceremony experience.
Location: 〒108-8631 Tokyo, Minato-ku, Shirokanedai 1-1-1.
It is 1 minute walk from the famous Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa. You can choose from either to watch the process of tea ceremony or to experience it by your own. You can enjoy taking pictures during the experience so that you can keep the wonderful memory after the trip. Also, you can choose to wear kimono during the tea ceremony. Get the full experience in a traditional way!
Time: 30-50 minutes
Experience of tea-serving (take part of it) -> 3,000yen / person (Minimum number of participants is 2)
Experience of tea-serving (visit only) -> 2,000yen / person (Minimum number of participants is 5)
Location: 〒111-0034 2-3-5, Kaminari-mon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
*Only 6 years old or above are allowed to participate
It is located between Asakusa and Kappa Bashi and you can experience tea ceremony at an authentic tea room.They have a workshop to introduce you the basics of the way of tea and also they will show you a short movie to get you a better understandings before the experience.
Time: Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed on Sunday and Monday) between 10:00am – 5:30pm
Fees: 4,000yen / person (90 minutes)
Location: 1-9-8 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo 111-0035 Japan
Japanese tea ceremony experience by taking part of it
Kimono Tea ceremony MAIKOYA Tokyo which is located in the central Shinjuku area is the perfect tea ceremony option for those who want to have a traditional hands on tea experience. MAIKOYA is also the only tea ceremony venue in Japan that received Tripadvisor’s Travelers Choice Award two years in a row. Visitors can wear a kimono, learn the culture and history of the ritual from the exhibitions, listen to the meaning and symbolism of the tradition from the hosts, watch a demonstration of the ritual and finally make their own matcha tea. The hosts speak perfect English and they are very friendly.
Duration : 60~90 min.
-Participate in traditional tea ceremony by wearing casual clothes (2400 yen per person)
-Participate in traditional tea ceremony and wear a kimono (5200 yen per person)
-A private tea ceremony, luxury tea ceremony in a zen garden, or tea ceremony as a group activity, MAIKOYA has special plans.
Website : https://mai-ko.com/culture/
It is a modern cafe located on 5th floor of Kabuki Tower where Kabukiza, Japanese traditional play theater, is located. Surrounded by numerous bamboos, you can learn how to make and drink tea through a lesson taught by professionals. It is good for beginners and if you prefer sitting down on the chair not on the Tatami mat floor, we would recommend here.
And also, you can get a green tea kit set as a gift when you join the lesson!
Time: Start from 10:30, 12:00, 13:00, 16:30 and 18:00 everyday
Fees: 6,000yen / person (Including Matcha tea kit set for Beginners which worth 4,270yen)
Location: 〒104-0061 Kabukiza Tower 5F, Ginza 4-12-15, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
AIRKITCHEN TEA CEREMONY EXPERIENCES
Through airKitchen, you can choose from many tea ceremony experiences around Tokyo that offer an intimate cultural exchange experience. The tea ceremony experiences are hosted by Japanese locals, and most of them take place at home. This type of experience not only exposes travelers to the tradition of the tea ceremony, but also gives them a rare glimpse into the ordinary lives of Japanese people. Many tea ceremony experiences you can book also include a Wagashi making or Sushi making class, enabling you to also learn how to make these traditional Japanese dishes before enjoying them together with your host. airKitchen will give both travelers and hosts the unique opportunity to engage deeply with culture.
Fees 2,000yen～10,000yen / person
*All hosts speak in English.
Japanese tea ceremony experience by watching the whole process
In the ceremonial chamber inside of the Imperial Hotel, you can watch as their tea is prepared in the traditional fashion.The hotel itself is western style but once you get in the Toko-an, you will see all the traditional style tea room. Please note it would be considered rude if you don’t wear socks when you get in the tea room. Don’t forget to wear socks even in summer!
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays
Fees: 2,000yen / person
Location: 1-1, Uchisaiwai-cho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558
HiSUi Tokyo (Ginza)
It is a really nice tea room located in the middle of Ginza. There are also different types of Japanese culture you can experience besides tea ceremony such as Kimono Dressing, Japanese Calligraphy, Samurai Swordsmanship etc.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Fees: 10,000yen / person (Minimum number of participants is 2)
Location: HiSUi Tokyo Koizumi Building 〒104-0061 5F Ginza 4-3-13 Chuo Ward Tokyo
Places where you can enjoy Matcha
JAPANESE GARDEN (Tei-en)
You can also enjoy Matcha with nice atmosphere inside Japanese Garden.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden @ Rakuutei (700yen)
Rikugien Garden @ Fukiage tea house (510yen)
Hamarikyu garden @ Nakashima tea house (510-720yen)
There is a beautiful cafe stand inside of the museum where you can enjoy the Matcha in a wonderful atmosphere.
Nezu Museum @ NEZUCAFÉ (1,300yen)
These were some recommendations from us and hope you can get the valuable information depending on your purpose. Of course, if you discover some fantastic places, please let us know!
If you are interested in other Japanese culture, please check Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) !