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Tea Ceremony Experience En

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Address: 272 Matsubaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0063, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 80-3782-2706
00:00 - 20:00
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En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

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En is a small Japanese-style teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto.

You can enjoy an authentic tea ceremony experience first hand.

Tea ceremony (the way of tea) is one of Japan's traditional cultural practices, and is a name given to an art that synthesizes the preparation and drinking of tea together with spirituality, history, architecture, the appreciation of handmade tea utensils.

En offers a participatory introduction to Japanese tea ceremony for everyone to enjoy!

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A little pricey, but definitely worth it if you're looking to scrape the surface of the meaning behind a tea ceremony! My family and I really enjoyed seeing the ritual for which... read more

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A little pricey, but definitely worth it if you're looking to scrape the surface of the meaning behind a tea ceremony! My family and I really enjoyed seeing the ritual for which tea is made, and being taught how to properly make the tea ourselves as well. I say it was pricey because you only get one treat and one... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tea ceremony was sadly not what we expected. The part where the lady showed us in silence how a traditional tea ceremony was held was very nice. But after that, the part where we made a matcha by ourselves was in such a hurry, I almost couldn't finish my tea. Also what you get for the money, one little... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of my trip! Here's a tip, if you sit to the right of the lady explaining the meaning of the tea ceremony, you get to have an extra cup of tea. The tea ceremony is explained for its cultural meanings. I learned a lot. I would have liked to have more than just a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Our host was very informative, and taught us a little more about the traditional art of tea ceremony, and the history of how it evolved over time. All in all, a worthy piece of culture to understand and appreciate. Most importantly, delicious tea! Expect to spend about an hour (probably less) here.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

When I read other reviews I wonder if we went to the same thing! For around US$25 this was expensive and just felt touristy...it was nice to learn about all the intricacies that are involved in the making and serving of tea, but we felt it was too expensive for what we got.

Thank Anna186394
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We loved going to En to learn and experience a true Tea Ceremony. The hosts were very friendly, they explained every part of the ceremony, and at the end, we all had some tea. It's great to have a true Japanese experience. It was only a little bit expensive.

Thank Juan D
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

If Kyoto has you all temple and shrined out, but you still want to experience a part of Japanese culture, give a tea ceremony a go! The centre where the ceremony takes place is located near Gion and is easily accessible from public transport. The location is nice and cosy and was very warm (which was great on a freezing... More 

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This place is really good such a cultural experience and at a really low cost. Its only 2500 yen for an hour and is defintly worth while if you want to understand a little more about the respectful Japanese people.

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We were slightly templed out so we were looking for another experience in Kyoto. We tried to book via phone call but couldn't understand the recorded message so just showed up at En. The staff were so kind, were happy to see us and asked us to return in 45minutes for the next session. For about $35AUD we were invited... More 

Thank Claire A
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely a highlight of our trip. Booked last minute and ended up being just the two of us in a ceremony. Lasted about an hour, the hosts were really friendly and were waiting for us on the street to help us find the entrance when we arrived. Minako, who performed the actual ceremony with amazing skill, and Kiko, who introduced... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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