Authentic Kyoto Tea Ceremony: Camellia Flower Teahouse

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Authentic Kyoto Tea Ceremony Camellia Flower teahouse
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From USD 22.75

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience an authentic tea ceremony, which is at the heart of Japanese culture and is a centuries old ritual, in Kyoto. You’ll be provided with a tea bowl, tea scoops and whisks, and instruction on how to make matcha. You’ll also try matcha and sweets, and you are encouraged to ask questions. Photos and short videos are permitted. Usually guests sit on the floor, but chairs and tables are also available if preferred.
  • Meet easily in the Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
  • Note this is not wheelchair accessible
  • This is for all ages, but max 8 per group
  • Plan around 45 minutes for this ceremony

What's Included

  • Tea bowls, tea scoops and tea whisks are provided so that guests can make their own bowl of Matcha.
  • Pickups and drop-offs.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tea Ceremony Camellia FLOWER
    349-12 Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan

    We are located down an alley that branches from the main thoroughfare of Ninenzaka in Higashiyama. The simplest way to find us is to head to the Park Hyatt hotel. Opposite the hotel is a Studio Ghibli store. The alleyway is located just to the left of the store.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Chairs and Tables are available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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This was an excellent introduction to the tea ceremony including the opportunity to prepare a delicious cup of matcha. Whilst lasting 45 minutes the experience was not rushed and was very enjoyable and informative.


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Atsuko is an awesome hostess
Alka_B, Sept 2023
I really enjoyed this small group elegant demonstration and loved Atsuko’s Osaka sense of humour. I did not want a super long extended ceremony with tons of people and kimono rental and so this was perfect for me. Just up the hill from the Camellia tea house on the left is a tiny shop with the best green tea ice cream in Kyoto. There is just one chair to sit in front of it, go there instead of the many larger ice cream joints further up the hill. Also a great Italian coffee place on the left at the top of this part of the hill. This area is great to walk around and you can shop without worry - no price gouging in Japan in tourist areas, though there are price differentials between cities.
Excellent introduction to tea ceremony
Hamish_F, Sept 2023
This was an excellent introduction to the tea ceremony including the opportunity to prepare a delicious cup of matcha. Whilst lasting 45 minutes the experience was not rushed and was very enjoyable and informative.
noga_b, Sept 2023
It was amazing!! The guide was so fun, funny, and created the best atmosphere even though the people in the ceramony didn't know each other. She had amazing english and was super interesting. The tea ceramony was very relaxing and learning about it was amazing. The tea was so good.
Fab experience
Alison_G, Sept 2023
Lovely way to spend an hour out of a busy schedule. Very informative and we also got to make the tea ourselves after the demonstration 😊
Authentic experience in a vibrant area
Micah_B, Aug 2023
Great experience right off the main drag. I got just a wee bit turned around and was a few minutes late and they called AND sent somebody out to get me. This is next level customer service from USA perspective! Ritualized ceremonial tea service with one cup of Matcha, and one sweet treat. Photos allowed but no video. Put all of your personal belongings in a small cubby, takeoff your shoes and walk upstairs seated Japanese style for the ceremony. About eight guests fit in the room. Lots of places along the way to rent a kimono or I believe they offer this service as well. NOTE: they have two locations, so look at your reservation carefully.
Sarah_H, July 2023
Charming host Loved learning more about Japanese history and culture Great location near Gion Definitely a must do visit in Kyoto
Great experience
Silke_G, June 2023
We had a very good an interesting time at our tea ceremony. Would recommend it further as it has been a great experience. Thanks very much
A truly special tea...
Daniel_R, May 2023
A truly special tea ceremony and loved learning all about matcha. Tetsuya was a great host and I really enjoyed this experience
Beautiful and memorable experience
Duncan_B, May 2023
A very informative and memorable experience. A small group and a great host, who explained all aspects of the ceremony and then everyone had the opportunity to make Macha tea.
Great time learning about tea!
Christina_S, May 2023
Enjoyed the experience very much- staff was very sweet and the ceremony was definitely something I’m glad to have done.
Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
SumikoT, Mar 2023
It was a wonderful experience! The deep meaning of tea ceremony was explained very well. I know this is a just introduction, but the visitors in Kyoto definitely should try.
Highly recommended
ROZMARY_H, Mar 2020
Unforgettable experience with a wonderful, kind person - her voice is so soft that gives you the feeling of tranquility!

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