Aug. 06, 2019 UPDATE

Kyoto Citizen Tea Party

- 市民大茶会 -
PeriodOctober 27th, and November 1st, 3rd, 2019
Casual tea ceremony held in the World Heritage Site
Built in 1603, Nijo-jo Castle has a defensive structure to defend against enemy attack. This castle was established in 1603 and used as the official residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun Ieyasu when he stayed in Kyoto. It is also known as a place where "Taisei Hokan" (the restoration of imperial rule) was announced. Each year, the tea ceremony served by different styled tea masters will be held in Nijo-jo Castle. The ticket for the tea ceremony (¥2,600) includes the admission fee for Nijo-jo Castle, Ninomaru Palace which is registered as a National Treasure and beautiful Japanese gardens. With the tickets, you can experience two tea ceremonies and soba noodle while enjoying the beautiful scenery. As this is such an enjoyable event, please feel free to join and experience the Japanese tea ceremony!
Seiryu-en garden
Seiryu-en garden
On this day, if you purchase the ticket for this tea event, you can look around Nijo-jo Castle. One of the famous spots in Nijo-jo Castle is this beautiful garden called “Seiryu-en”. Please enjoy the beautiful structure of this garden!
Let’s join the tea ceremony
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Let’s join the tea ceremony
With your ticket, you can experience the two tea ceremonies. It may be crowded with visitors but you will surely enjoy the fine taste of Matcha and Japanese dessert that comes along with the tea. Please check out the beautiful tea cups and plates as their colors are well matched in an autumn season.
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I personally often visit Nijo-jo Castle to enjoy the seasonal flowers and trees as well as the beautiful Japanese garden and Ninomaru Palace which is registered as a National Treasure. Kyoto Citizen Tea Party at Nijo-jo Castle is one of the main events held in Nijo-jo Castle and it is such a great opportunity to experience the Japanese tea ceremony in the World Heritage Site. You may also enjoy tasting the soba noodle which comes along with the tea ticket.
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Kyoto Citizen Tea Party / 市民大茶会
Phone +81 75-841-0096
Address 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa nishiiru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, 604-8301
Directions From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City bus #9, #50, #101 and get off Nijo jo-mae bus stop
Event time 9.30am-3pm
Cancellations Rain or shine
Price range
*Tea Ceremony ¥2,600/ person (including 2 tea ceremonies and admission fee) *How to buy the tea ticket An advance ticket: Sold in Nijo-jo Castle from October 1st for 70 tickets A ticket sold on the day: Sold in Nijo-jo Castle for 30 tickets (first-come-first served basis) *General admission for Nijo-jo Castle General admission ¥600 Junior and high school students ¥350 Primary school students ¥200 * Group admission is available (over 30 people) * Children younger than elementary school age are free of charge.
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
You can avail of the rental service of audio guide devices in 6 languages: English, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese and Japanese (500 per each).
Information Voice guidance in 6 languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French and Japanese) Brochures in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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