Japan's former capital, Kyoto, remains its most beguiling repository of traditional culture. Taking place at Kodai-ji, a famous Zen temple complex, this tea ceremony encapsulates the delicate rituals of Japanese Buddhism. Guests will also have the opportunity to practice Zazen meditation following the tea ceremony.
Kodai-ji is a famous Zen temple complex, located in the traditional Higashiyama district of Kyoto.
Although its many sub-temples are not normally open to the public, today guests will be able to attend an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony held here.
This traditional art will be performed by a professional teacher in the stunning setting of this temple founded more than 400 years ago.
After a stroll around the beautiful surrounding Zen garden, the ceremony begins with an explanation about Japanese tea and tea ceremony practice along with its long history and relation with Zen Buddhism. The tea master will also explain the meaning behind each movement involved in the making and serving of the tea.
To foreigners, Japanese tea might taste surprisingly bitter, but it is a very healthy drink and is always accompanied by traditional Japanese sweets.
During the ceremony, guests will also have the chance to try their hand at making tea as the teacher takes them through the main steps of the preparation.
Suggested Option: Zazen Meditation
As an option, the tea ceremony can be followed by a session of Zazen meditation, one of the most important practices of Zen Buddhism.
Following the teacher’s instructions, guests will sit in the silence of the meditation room trying to empty their minds while adjusting posture, breathing slowly keeping their eyes half closed.
Sitting on the tatami floor can also be quite challenging for many foreigners who are not used to sitting with their legs crossed for a long time. To help fight distractions, the meditation teacher might (gently!) beat your shoulders with the keisaku, a warning stick used by Zen monks to help their minds concentrate when they feel they are about to lose focus.
Zazen meditation is a practice that can be enjoyed by people from all over the world regardless of their cultural and religious background.
Many people find Zazen meditation a very refreshing and rejuvenating exercise. On the long term it can enable you to be more focused on your daily activities and to achieve mind balance and harmony.
Note: additional charges apply
After the tea ceremony, the guide will take guests on a short walking tour around Higashiyama District, known for its picturesque views, historical temples, gently sloped stone stairways lined with tea houses and artisan shops.
The highlight of the area is Kiyomizu Temple. From its 13-meter high wooden balcony, a masterpiece of architecture built without the use of any kind of joiners, an impressive view of the whole city of Kyoto can be enjoyed.
Duration: 4 h
Price : Please contact us for pricing.
Our Service Include
- English-speaking guide.
- Tea Ceremony with green tea and Japanese confectionery.
- Hotel pick-up and taxi transfer to the venue (Note: depending on exact hotel location, supplementary charges may apply)
Our Service Do Not Include
- International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
- Meals other than mentioned above.
- Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
- Travel insurance (please see ‘Important Notes’).
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
- A guide in another language can be organized for an additional charge.
- We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation).
- Please note that all of the above services and tours have yet to be booked. They are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation.
- If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the time of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes in the program.