The Japanese tea ceremony is a thousand-year-old tradition. One that many people have heard of, but not many understand. There’s a long string of rules, etiquette and subtle intricacies that go into a traditional tea ceremony – and partaking in one is a real eye opener. It’s certainly well up there on the list of must-dos while in Japan.
Traditional Tea Ceremony in Japan Guide
Below, you’ll find a straight-to-the-point mini guide with all the info you need to book yourself onto one of the best, most in depth traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in Tokyo.
Nadeshinko Tea Experience
The Nadeshinko company offer a tea ceremony experience complete with full kimono attire. The lady taking the ceremony speaks English and guides the guests through the tea ceremony process, explaining the details and rituals.
The kimono dressing is pretty serious and the women there take real time and care to get your kimonos perfect. I visited with five female family members, it took them hours to get fully dressed and they loved it!
We won’t go into detail on what the tea ceremony process as learning about it from the Japanese is half the fun and they do a fantastic job of explaining it. So, here you’ll find price options, location and booking information.
- Nadeshiko option – Kimono and tea ceremony including green tea, sweets and a photograph holder with your name written in Japanese. – 5000 Yen (we recommend this option)
- Kimono option – You’ll be dressed in traditional kimonos – 3000 Yen
- Kids kimono option – 3000-4000 Yen
- Tea ceremony option – includes making a bowl of tea – 4000 Yen
- Furisode garment for women – 1000 Yen
- Hakama garment for men – 500 Yen
- Go for a 15-minute walk in your kimonos – 500 Yen
- Make a bowl of tea – 1000 Yen
How to book
Reservations are made by phone or email, preferably a week in advance. However, they may be able to fit you in on short notice if you ask.
- The phone number is 03 3842 8756 or 03 3842 8780
- The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
- They are open from 11:00 – 17:00 and closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays
- You can find their website at https://www.hanayashiki.net/shops/nadeshiko/e/
You can find the exact location using these coordinates in Google Maps 35.715106, 139.794963
Or paste ‘Nadeshiko kimono teaceremony Nadeshiko’ into the Google Maps search bar.
There’s plenty of accommodation options in Tokyo. Here’s a handy Booking.com map to show you what’s on offer.
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