5 of the Best Kyoto Tea Ceremony Experiences

by Roisin McAuley  |  Published July 1, 2020

Enjoying a tea ceremony is a must for many visitors to Japan, not just tea lovers, as there is much more to tea in Japan than enjoying a cuppa! The tea ceremony itself is a ritual in which the drink is prepared and served, following a strict protocol learnt by tea masters over several years. At the heart of the ceremony is the matcha, a powdered tea mixture, that dates back to the Buddhist monks of the 9th Century and has played a central role in Japanese culture ever since.

The best way to immerse yourself in the tea culture of Japan is part-taking in a tea ceremony experience. These often provide insight into the history and role of tea in Japanese society as well as guiding guests through the complete tea ritual. Here are five of the best tea ceremony experiences.