Traditional tea ceremony Experience

Participate in the formal
service of thick tea - koicha.

Thick Tea Ceremony Experience

The tea ceremony is a microcosm of Japanese culture as a whole. It encompasses the different arts and crafts and synthesises them into one. As a short-term visitor to this country your time here is limited. As it takes years to master and understand the tea ceremony, I can’t teach the whole of it in one day. But what I can, and will do, is to at least give you an insight in the beauty and value this ritual has to offer.

As experienced and accredited masters in this tradition we will help you to cognitively understand its culture by providing thorough explanations in English. But mainly we will allow you to feel the emotional energy that works underneath the surface of such an intimate gathering. 

Join us for a genuine encounter with Japan’s rite of tea. You will take part in one of the most formal forms of tea ceremony, namely the service of thick tea – koicha, which constitutes the climax of a full 4 hour tea gathering.


approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

USD 500 per session

max 3 persons
(inquire for sessions with larger groups)

Your host

Tyas Sōsen

Qualified Instructor in the Way of Tea as taught by the Enshū school. Nihoncha Instructor.

Learn more about Tyas Sōsen.

The location

The Tea Crane

424-2 Kasugachō, Kamigyōku, Kyoto, 602-8023 JAPAN



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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made until JST 6:00 pm, 7 days prior to the date of your reserved session. A full 100% refund will be issued.

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