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Tea Ceremony Experience En

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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 80-3782-2706
00:00 - 20:00
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En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

You can...

En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

You can enjoy an authentic tea ceremony experience first hand.

Tea ceremony (the way of tea) is one of Japan's traditional cultural practices, and is a name given to an art that synthesizes the preparation and drinking of tea together with spirituality, history, architecture, the appreciation of handmade tea utensils.

En offers a participatory introduction to Japanese tea ceremony for everyone to enjoy!

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Beautiful Kyoto experience

We were slightly templed out so we were looking for another experience in Kyoto. We tried to book via phone call but couldn't understand the recorded message so just showed up at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were slightly templed out so we were looking for another experience in Kyoto. We tried to book via phone call but couldn't understand the recorded message so just showed up at En. The staff were so kind, were happy to see us and asked us to return in 45minutes for the next session. For about $35AUD we were invited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a highlight of our trip. Booked last minute and ended up being just the two of us in a ceremony. Lasted about an hour, the hosts were really friendly and were waiting for us on the street to help us find the entrance when we arrived. Minako, who performed the actual ceremony with amazing skill, and Kiko, who introduced... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely way to spend an hour if you have it to spare in Kyoto. Set up a little lane way the ceremony is hosted by two ladies inside what feels like a personal living room of a small house. Their command of the English language is embarrassingly good making the explanations easy to understand and follow. The whole experience... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We went as a family and it was good for all. The sitting was harder for us adults though. It was an informative experience. It it hard to find. It is next to the road leading uphill to a big temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I reserved a spot a few days in advance, and I recommend you do the same. It was a little hard to find as it's tucked behind some restaurants in an alley. The experience was amazing. The two ladies leading it were incredibly knowledgeable and kind. It gives a good taste of something so significant in Japanese culture, both past... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited on our first day in Kyoto. There were around 14 of us who watched the tea ceremony performed by a lovely lady. There was some participation too. It was enjoyable and I felt like we learned a little bit about Japanese culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

My friend and I couldn't fault this tea ceremony. If you are expecting it to be a traditional experience for you to just sit and watch, this is more hands in and informative. We did a private ceremony, slightly more expensive but worth it as we both got sweets to try and then the tea. Our host Amy was really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I attended the Tea Ceremony Experience-En It lasted about 45 minutes and consisted of two parts. The first was an explanation of the expectations of the host and guests at the ceremony, the protocol, and the implements used. The second part was conducted by another person, who teaches at the local university and had been studying the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Having booked a private tea ceremony it was just the two of us and it was very good. The Tea Master welcomed us and made us feel comfortable offering a low seat if preferred. She explained that she would run through the tea experience first in full without interruption. Then again with much interaction whilst explaining every step, the utensils,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

No-frills. I can't emphasise this anymore! You get what you pay for. My expectation when going into this Tea ceremony (which i booked on the day itself) was to just sit there and see how the Japanese perform a traditional tea ceremony, and obviously getting a taste of the end result. All of which i got, and to a very... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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