This was such a unique and special experience. After entering the small beautiful teahouse we were met by three older women clad in beautiful kimonos. This was a pure experience of Japanese customs and etiquette. After watching a full tea ceremony, step by step, and seeing the ceremonial way of drinking the refined and revered Kyoto green team, we were given the chance to learn and try it ourselves. There were about 10 steps just to clean the cup before we even started making the tea. The woman who taught us had been making matcha for over 60 years. She, one could say, is a tea master. She was very helpful and tried to use sweet english phrases like, "Relax and make yourself at home." I enjoyed it so much that I will be looking into making matcha for myself at home.
The matcha themed restaurant and dinner was so impressive in both presentation and substance. The variety of meats, seafoods, vegetables, and legumes were so well blended throughout the meal. From blowfish jelly, ume sea cumber, and pink candied shrimp tempura to nasu miso dengaku (miso topped grilled egg plant), each item and each bite was a surprise full of wonderful new tastes.
Learning about the tea etiquette and getting to make our own matcha. Experiencing a variety of matcha dishes.
The tea ceremony experience
Experiencing an actual tea ceremony was great. And doing it by myself was very interesting.
Very interesting experience which helps to get deeply into Japanese culture. Food service is very beautiful and the food itself is delicious
I enjoyed the tea ceremony and the class, the teacher was very old and cute. Her English was actually very good, though she only said a few set phrases like "make yourself at home." The small snacks included in the tea ceremony were delicious! The restaurant has an incredible array of matcha dishes and one of the waiters could speak English very well. The restaurant was beautiful and the presentation of the food was so nice.
The tea ceremony was definitely the highlight of the tour. Getting to make your own tea being taught by a master was amazing.
- 〒611-0021 京都府宇治市宇治塔川3-7
- 11:00 - 15:30、16:30 - 22:00