Prepare to take part in a truly authentic historical experience. Attending a tea ceremony will be the highlight of your cultural experience in Kyoto.
Discover Ancient Techniques
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Learn About Wellbeing
Learn the meticulous attention that Japanese tea farmers apply to produce the purest Matcha Tea used in our Tea Ceremony.
The Art Of Excellence
The Japanese Tea Ceremony at Ju-An, constitute the most authentic experience and is conducted in a traditional Buddhist temple, Jotoku-ji in the centre of Kyoto.
The Tea Ceremony was developed by Buddhist monks 500 years ago to assist with meditation. Over time, it has developed into a life-changing hobby practised by many passionate specialists, and has become a classic Japanese cultural experience. It goes beyond just the serving and receiving of tea, allowing its practitioners into a restorative interlude from the hectic everyday life.
Our guiding spirit is that of Ichigo Ichie, 一期一会, which translated into English means: a once in a lifetime encounter. In the words of one of our Guests, we endeavour to provide a real cultural experience and not just a tourist show.
As the tea ceremony is conducted in an real Buddhist temple, it is the perfect environment to experience the height of Japanese culture, making it a real highlight of your time in Japan.
As part of your experience at Ju-An, you will receive a guided tour of the temple, an exploration into the culture and history of the Japanese tea ceremony, a performance of the artistic ritual performed by our specialist Tea Masters and tutorial in making your own matcha bowl of green tea.
While you may drink a bowl of matcha tea anywhere in Japan, taking part in our authentic tea ceremony adds that special, tranquil and unique Japanese experience. At Tea Ceremony Ju-An, we can promise you will receive the very best of this.
A Boost To Health
It is well known that matcha tea offers many health benefits, assisting in the brain and liver function as well as being high in anti-oxidants. However, there are mental health benefits from participation in a traditional tea ceremony. Most importantly, the attainment of peace.
Taking time to reflect is the core value of the tea ceremony – favouring peace in the absence of stress and discovering a deeper sense of calm. At Tea Ceremony Ju-An, we can help you understand how to truly achieve this balance.
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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
- Ancient Methods
- Participate in an archaic ceremony
- A recipe at the foundation of a culture
- Elegance through time-tested refinement
- Unique Experience
- Discover the height of Japanese culture
- Participate in the artistic ritual
- Explore the wonders of an authentic Buddhist temple
- Health Benefits
- Discover an inner peace
- Disconnect from hectic modern life
- Achieve a new level of balance