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Kyoto Tea Master Ritual and Tour

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Kyoto Tea Master Ritual and Tour

Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Kyoto Tea Master Ritual and Tour

culture walk

Kyoto Tea Master Ritual and Tour

Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

First we visit a traditional tea leaf merchant. He will explain where Japanese tea comes from, and you will take part in a tea-tasting game that dates back 300 years. Can you guess which cup of tea comes from which selection of tea leaves? In ancient times people started gambling on their ability to guess the right tea, and the Imperial Government banned the practice. If you guess right, you'll win a prize of tea products. You'll also get inside tips on how to properly prepare your own teas at home. Then we have a brief Japanese lunch (pay separately) and move to another world: a 150-year-old, straw-floored and copper-roofed tea hermitage. You will be coached on how to follow proper guest protocol with a licenced tea ceremony master in full kimono. The tea is prepared in front on a hearth of hot coals, with the masters following ancient rules of Japanese etiquette. You will learn the guest behavior of how to hold the tea bowl, the proper way to bow, how to use the hand fan to indicate your status, and where to sit according to subtle hints in the room design.

Your host

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Nick

After leading various tours in Japan for years, I now have the privilege of partnering with highly-trained tea masters to conduct full-length tea ceremonies in ancient Kyoto. The master are tea cultivators who create their own organic teas. We start by visiting a tea seller and a tea-tasting game that was so popular 300 years ago that citizens started gambling on the ability to taste each tea! Then we change venues to a 150yr old straw mat (tatami) tea house to sit for the formal tea ritual by a master in full kimono attire; explanation in fluent English. Then enjoy palate-balancing Kyoto sweets!

What's included

Drinks
Japanese traditional tea samples, along with sweets that are part of the ceremony. Tea master will loan you a hand fan.

Where you'll be

We will visit: 1. A corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace where the extended family of the Emperor held tea rituals for distinguished guests. 2. A tea leaf merchant's shop where quantities of tea are brought from the tea fields, packaged, tested and sold. 3. A Japanases restaurant 4. A 150-year-old certified tea master's tea hermitage inside a shrine complex, where the full traditional tea ritual is held.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests should be comfortable with sitting on a straw mat (tatami) floor for more than 30 minutes at a time. If you have any physical disabilities, especially with your back, knees, or feet, please contact the…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Guests should be able to walk for 10 minutes at a time. This tour is for travelers who have a genuine interest in Japanese tea culture. It is not a party. We will stop for lunch between venues

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Nick
Kyoto Tea Master Ritual and Tour
New experience
$269/person
New experience
$269/person