The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as "Sado" or "Chado", is one of the traditional Japanese cultural activities. The Japanese tea ceremony began in the 16th century and has not been shaken for hundreds of years. The beauty of a tea ceremony is the quietness, and it is plain and elegant. As a Japanese traditional etiquette art, it helps people enjoy peaceful tea due to its unique ideas and procedures. Tokyo is not only the center of Japan's economy and politics but also the center of Japan's rich history and culture is gathered. Nowadays, many venues in Tokyo provide people with opportunities to try and experience the Japanese tea ceremony, such as the tea room of Tokyo Hotel, the specialty dessert shops on the streets of Tokyo, and tea ceremony workshops for foreign visitors. You can discover new aspects of Tokyo culture by experiencing a Japanese tea ceremony.
Places of Tea Ceremony Experience
Yanesen Tourist Information & Culture Center Yanesen's motto is that culture originates from life, providing oversea visitors with unique cultural experiences such as a tea ceremony. It allows you to better understand the Japanese way of thinking and values, and to deepen the understanding of Japan's goal in the international community. At the Yanesen Tourist Information & Culture Center, the Tokyo Tea Room offers a tea ceremony and an English instructor. No reservation is required. The hotel is located in the old part of town, which still retains old wooden houses and shops, and you can also take a walk nearby. Address: 3-13-7 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Ginza Chazen Ginza Chazen is located in the heart of Ginza, next to Kabukiza Theater, Tsukiji Fish Market and Hamarikyu Gardens. Through the tea ceremony experience, you can experience the traditional Japanese culture, the Japanese heart, and the beauty of Japan. Chazen will introduce you to Japanese hospitality, traditional culture, and matcha. "A bowl of matcha gives you peace of mind and makes the world smile." It is home to English-speaking receptionists and a multilingual interpretation tablet. In addition to experiencing the tea ceremony in an authentic tea room, you can also purchase matcha tea and tea ceremony utensils. Address: 5F GINZA ISHIKAWA, 4-12-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Transportation: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Asakusa Line, 1-minute walk from Exit 3 of Higashi-Ginza Station. Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, 5-minute walk from Exit A7 of Ginza Station
Rakuutei The Rakuutei has more than 40 years of history and they have taught more than 10,000 people about the tea ceremonies so far. The location is excellent and it is the best place for exploring the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. In addition to the Japanese tea room experience, Rakuutei also prepares a tea ceremony experience using chairs and tables in a Western-style room. For visitors who are not used to kneeling, this can be another opportunity to experience a tea ceremony.
Happo-en You can see traditional gardens and buildings from the Edo period (1603 to 1867) in the beautiful Hakone Garden. It is different from famous sites such as the Meiji Jingu Shrine and you can avoid the bigger crowds. The well-organized garden, the hundreds of years old giant tree, the pond with koi, the cherry trees, the red leaves, and the four seasons of Happo Garden are a few of the best spots in Tokyo. Three centuries have passed since its construction and it is now a popular spot for weddings and banquets. Traditional tea parties that attract many foreign visitors are also held indoors. Address: 1-1-1 Shirokanedia, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Specialty Teahouse
Higashiya Ginza Higashiya Ginza is located in the center of Tokyo's Ginza district in Chuo-dori, Tokyo. It is based on the concept of a modern Japanese tea salon with a sleek and stylish space. In addition to the seasonal fruits and wagashi, there are also tea leaves and original appliances carefully selected from all over the country. In a room of about 40 seats, you will taste the sweetness of Japanese tea, but also enjoy the fine wine (sake) and gourmet food. Address: Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 1-7-7
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House Hidden in the bustling area of Ginza, the Aoyama Flower Market is filled with a Japanese-style atmosphere surrounded by greenery, and the tea house is set in the gallery on the second floor. You can enjoy a simple Japanese cuisine and the delicious Japanese tea in a Japanese-style space with black and white as the main color. Address: 3-7-21 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo
Ocharaka The Japanese tea shop Ocharake in Coredo Muromachi, founded by a French-born bartender, is the traditional Japanese style tea house, with over 47 flavored Japanese teas. The Japanese tea here is mixed with fruits, flowers, konbu, and other Japanese unique plants. Sakura, mandarin orange, etc are blended into the Japanese tea to emit a unique aroma. In addition to using traditional Japanese tea ceremony etiquette, you can also enjoy it as a wine tasting. Address: Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2-2-1
Green Tea Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu A restaurant of the high-quality next-generation hotel Ryumeikan combines "harmony with the ocean, used with beauty". The stylish and generous platform seats are reminiscent of European coffee shops, which are actually stores with Japanese tea treats as the concept of food and Japanese tea. It is a world of green tea that only exists at this restaurant where you can eat and drink matcha. Address: 3-4 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda City, Tokyo