Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about tea ceremony at a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto

Myoan Eisai brought both the Rinzai School of Zen Buddhism and green tea from China to Japan in the late 12th century. Japanese tea culture was first established in the Zen Buddhist environment. Zen Buddhism has had a significant impact on Japanese tea ceremony. Thus, it is more meaningful to learn and experience a tea ceremony at a Zen Buddhist temple.

Tea ceremony experience details

  • Required Time: 90 min.
  • Fee: 5,500 yen per person
  • Capacity: 10 people each class
  • Reservation required


  1. Talk about the history and philosophy of the tea ceremony
  2. Explanation of the tea house
  3. Observe a tea ceremony performed by the instructor
  4. Making your own tea and after enjoying it with wagashi, Japanese sweets
  5. Enjoy the Zen gardens and screen paintings at the temple

For times for the tea ceremony experience, please check our schedule page.