Easily enjoy traditional Japanese culture at Tea Ceremony Nagomi at Ninenzaka in Kyoto
Tea Ceremony Nagomi is located in the popular sightseeing area of Ninenzaka, and on its first floor there is a bamboo art shop, and on the second it’s the tea ceremony experience proper. The room in the second floor is a traditional Japanese one with tatami mats and the saying “ichi-go ichi-e” on the wall (meaning the importance of cherishing each new moment and the person you meet), so the atmosphere is very Japanese and calm. The teacher will tell you about the tea ceremony in easy to understand English and show you how matcha is made in the tea ceremony. You even get to stir a cup of matcha yourself, under the guidance of the teacher. They use matcha by one of Kyoto’s most famous matcha shops, Gion Tsujiri, which has been in the matcha business since 1860. You can taste the difference – the matcha here tastes completely different from the ones you normally get at temples and the like. Even the water used here is from Mt. Fuji. There is a kind of humor to the way you’re taught about the tea ceremony, so learning about Japanese culture here is a fun experience, and also one that is easy to take even for complete beginners. Reservations are recommended, and you can make them on their official website. If you want to have a traditional Japanese cultural experience in Kyoto, be sure to pay Tea Ceremony Nagomi a visit!