【Tea Ceremony Camellia】 Tea ceremony mostly in English / 茶道体験

From JPY ¥1,800.00
  • Duration: 45 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: 京都市, 京都府
  • Product code: EN-KYT-20090

【Outline】

Experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony in fluent English. Take the opportunity to watch a tea ceremony expert practice their craft, and then try it yourself! Tea ceremony lies at the heart of Japanese culture, and to enjoy this centuries old practice will help offer a deeper understanding of the history, architecture and tastes of our home. At Camellia we are dedicated to sharing the beautiful culture of tea with the world. Camellia Flower is located close to Gion and Kiyomizu Temple, in a historical preservation neighbourhood filled with traditional houses and shops. 


【Highlights】

  • Become familiar with Japanese traditional arts and the tea ceremony with more than 400 years of history
  • Direct instruction from an English speaking instructor
  • Receive information about history and the tea ceremony in English
  • Make your own tea after seeing the demonstration by the instructor


【Schedule】

Arrival → Explanation → Tea ceremony → Making your own Matcha → End 


【Details】

At the start of your session, your instructor will welcome you with a brief introduction to the history and culture surrounding tea, before performing the tea ceremony itself. After being served a small traditional sweet, you will have the opportunity to make your own bowl of frothy Matcha under the guidance of your instructor. During your time with us we do hope you will ask questions. Photos are permitted throughout, though we ask you to turn off your flash and respect other guests. Please do not take videos. 


【Things to note】

  • Duration:45 minutes (approx.)

  • Address: Camellia FLOWER, 349-12 Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city. 

  • Access:  
    From JR Kyoto Station
    1.Leave the station from Chuo exit.  Take Kyoto City Bus #100 or #110 at D1 bus stop or #206 at D2 bus stop. Get off at Kiyomizumichi bus stop
    2.Go north along Higashi-oji-dori street and turn right at the first intersection of Higashi-oji-dori street and Yakaka-dori street.  
    3.Go up the hill towards 'Yasaka-no-to" Pagoda.  Turn right in front of the Pagoda and keep walking for another 100 m.
    4.Go down the stone steps on your left which is called 'Ninenzaka.'  Walk for 30 m and you will see a narrow alley on your left.
    5.There is a sign saying "dead end" with a picture of geisha at the alley.  Go through the alley and you will find the shop on your left at the end of the alley.
  • Language:The experience is performed in English. All our staff speak fluent English.

  • Included :
    ・The tea ceremony demonstration, a traditional sweet, and the opportunity to make your own bowl of Matcha.
    ・If you require a chair, please do not hesitate to ask our staff.
    ・If you have any special requirements, or if you are celebrating any special occasions during your visit (such as a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday), please consult Attractive JAPAN so that we can let Camellia know.
  • Special support :
    We will be happy to help you to arrange a surprise at special occasions such as birthday and wedding anniversary with your precious persons.  Why don't you make the day even more special, in a different way than usual?  Please feel free to consult Attractive JAPAN.   
  • Free Wi-Fi:Yes.

  • Other things to note:  
    ・Adult: Age 18 and over.
    ・Child: Age 7 to 12. 
    ・No charge for children aged 6 and under (sweets offered). Matcha has a high caffeine content, so we do not serve tea to children under the age of 6.
    ・All the traditional sweets we serve are vegan and gluten free, but if you have any allergy concerns please let us know. 
  • Directions :
    BY TAXI:
    When traveling by taxi, please ask your driver to take you to Kodai-ji (Kodai Temple), Ninenzaka. This area is one of the most famous in Kyoto, so is well known by all taxi firms. The taxi will stop only 1 or 2 minutes away from Camellia. In the unlikely event that your driver does not know Ninenzaka or Kodai-ji, please feel free to call us on 075-525-3238 and we can explain our location to the driver in Japanese.

    BY BUS:
    ーFROM JR KYOTO STATIONー
    For guests arriving via JR Kyoto Station you can take Kyoto City Bus #100, #110 or #206 to the Kiyomizu-Michi stop (each bus has English display screens inside, so you will know when to get off).
    From the bus stop, cross the street. Climb the hill in the direction of Hokan-ji Pagoda (Yasaka Pagoda). The road will pass by the pagoda, but keep going for about 100m until you see steep steps descending on your left. This is NINENZAKA. Go down the steps and continue for 30m until you come to a small alley on your left. A small sign at the entrance will indicate this is the right place.
    Go to the end of they alleyway and you will see us on your left. 

    ーFROM DOWNTOWNー
    For those of you taking the bus from downtown Kyoto, take Kyoto City Bus #207 to the Higashiyama-Yasui stop. Walk along the street (in the direction the bus was going that dropped you off) for about 50m, then take the first left. Go uphill for about 100m until you come to a stone gate (Torii Gate – traditional shrine gate). Turn right before the gate.
    You are now on NINENZAKA. In about 30m you will see a Hello Kitty shop on your right. Straight after this there is a small alley. A sign will indicate this is the right place. Go to the end of the alleyway and you will see us on the left. 


【Trivia】

Ichigo Ichie (一期一会) is a Japanese idiom that perfectly captures the spirit of tea ceremony. Translated as ‘one time, one meeting’, the phrase indicates that we should treasure each moment, for such moments are unique and will never be repeated in the same way. 


【Nearby area introduction】

Camellia Flower is located in a small alley that branches off from Ninenzaka (二年坂), one of three -gradually steepening- roads that wind from the temple of Kodai-ji (高台寺) up to Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) in Higashiyama (東山). No-one is quite sure how Ninenzaka (二年坂 '2 Year Slope') got its name. Possibly it was when a path first opened in 807, the 2nd year of the Daido era (大同2年). But maybe it is simply a reference to the road being shallower than adjoining Sannenzaka (三年坂 '3 Year Slope’).
 West of Ninenzaka is the almost flat Ichinenzaka (一年坂 '1 Year Slope') & to the east the steep Sannen-zaka. There is a frightful legend that if you fall down on Ninenzaka you will be dead in 2 years! But don't worry, the story was told to warn people to be cautious on the hill. For the superstitious, a shop on Sannen-zaka sells gourds that can be bought to trap any misfortune and prevent the predicted death. Much of the townscape around Ninenzaka dates to the Taisho period (大正時代 1912-1926). In 1976 the area became an architectural preservation district. Always bustling, luckily we can offer a bubble of calm in the very heart of Higashiyama.


【Cancellation policy】

7 to 4 days before the tour date  40%  of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date  60%  of the tour price
The day before the tour date, On the day of the tour  100%  of the tour price
*Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation. 
*The cancellation fee includes handling charges.