Sencha Tea Ceremony Experience rooted in Zen Thought 【With a ticket to the National Museum】

3 hours-¥7,500 / Per person
What is Sencha Tea Ceremony, a tea ceremony similar to “Chanoyu”, the Matcha Tea Ceremony, which also finds its roots in Zen philosophy?
Unlike the Matcha tea ceremony, which uses Matcha powdered green tea, Sencha tea ceremony uses leaf tea and brews it in a teapot.

Although rooted in the same Zen philosophy, around the 18th century, Matcha tea ceremonies became increasingly formalistic and focused more on "objects" such as bowls and utensils. Intellectuals who objected to this idea found Sencha tea ceremony as a way of tea that is not bound by form. For this reason, Sencha tea ceremony does not put unnecessary emphasis on the tea room or utensils, and values a free spirit and refinement.

Sencha tea ceremony developed through a wide range of discussions on philosophy, beauty, crafts, and other topics over a cup of tea without any formalities.

The "Tofukuji Exhibition", which is held near the experience location at the "Kyoto National Museum", one of the only four national museums in Japan, is also themed on a famous Zen temple. The tickets included in the set will allow you to see and experience the culture of Zen, and to learn extensively about it!

*Only the "Special Exhibition - Tofukuji" can be viewed from 10/7 to 12/3, as no other exhibitions are held during the biannual special exhibitions at Kyoto National Museum.
*Tofukuji Temple is one of Kyoto's most famous Zen temples, known for its autumn foliage and beautiful fresh greenery. It is also home to many paintings and Buddhist statues of national treasure value, indicating that Tofukuji was a very prestigious temple that received support from the state.

・Private experience
・Offered in English, German, Japanese
・Local meeting and local breakup
What's Included
◎ Sencha Tea Ceremony experience (Includes tea and Japanese sweets)
◎ Admission ticket and audio guide (in English) for the "Special Exhibition: Tofukuji" at Kyoto National Museum
✖ Food, drink, and transportation to the site

*Audio guide rental may not be possible depending on availability on the day of the tour. In such cases, the tour price will remain the same.
What To Expect
17:30 Start of experience
 1) Host's self-introduction and explanation of the experience
 2) Explanation of "Senchadō" (the Way of Sencha)
 3) Observation of "o-temae“(traditional tea ceremony)
 4) Enjoying tea and Japanese sweets
 5) Q&A session
19:00 End of experience

*Kneeling on tatami mats is unnecessary.
*Discover a richly aromatic tea different from Matcha.
*Visiting the National Museum is not limited to the day of the Sencha experience, but can be done at any time during the exhibition period (Oct. 7 - Dec. 3). The tour takes approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Date & TimeTuesdays only
from 10/7 (Sat.) to 12/3 (Sun.)
* Except 10/10 (Tue.)

17:30 – 19:00
Capacity5 people max. Minimum 2 participants
Who can attendAnyone is welcome to try it.
A fee is required for all participants regardless of age.
*The fee for children under 15 years old is 5,900 yen.
What to wearPlease make sure to wear socks at the experience location
Exhibits at Kyoto National Museum↓↓ Please see below for details
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Additional Info
・Please book at least 3 business days in advance so that we can build the best experience for you.
・The final deadline for application is 11/22 (Wed.) at 18:00.
・Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
・Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. Minors must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before applying.
・Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
・If the number of applicants does not reach 2, the tour may be canceled.
・The experience may be canceled or postponed at short notice, or the content may be changed due to traffic conditions, etc.
・The experience may be filmed and posted on social networking sites or used in articles.
・We may share your responses to surveys and reviews on our social networking sites and media.
Cancellation policy
・Free of charge if canceled up to 3 days before the tour date, 50% 2 days before, and 100% the day before or on the day of the tour.
・If the number of applicants does not reach 2, the tour may be canceled.
・Bank transfer fees for refunds in the event of cancellation will be borne by the customer.
¥7,500 / Per person
* Tax included/Advance payment(paypal)
* The fee for children under 15 years old is 5,900 yen
* Children aged 15 or under
Where you'll be
Meeting place:

Tea Ceremony @ Kyomi Travel


Higashiyama Gojo Park Homes 1F, 2-69 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0981


Approx. 5 minutes walk from Keihan ''Kiyomizu Gojo'' Station