Tea Ceremony
Sado

茶道

Discover meaning in the tiniest details. Tea ceremony, called sado or chanoyu, is a highly formalized ritual performed by both host and guest. Its roots lie in Chinese culture and the tea drunk by Zen monks in the 9th century.
Modern sado was codified by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu in the 16th century, and combined the exquisite social graces of the shogun with muted aesthetics and wabi-sabi philosophy.

Large Group Experiences

Learn tea ceremony and hospitality with tea masters in historic locations including Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple and Higo Hosokawa Garden.

As well as guiding participants and groups in conducting a tea ceremony, your teacher will introduce you to the varieties of Japanese tea and demonstrate tea ceremony as a performance art.

Available for groups of up to 100 people.

Time: 90–120 minutes
Price: From ¥180,000, depending on group size and venue
Available in Japanese and English

Small Group Experiences

Experience an intimate and authentic tea ceremony conducted by a tea master. A small group setting is ideal to appreciate the rituals and hospitality of sado as they originally designed.

Available for groups of four or more people.

Time: 60–90 minutes
Price: From ¥8,000 per person, depending on group size and venue
Available in Japanese and English

Experience Content

— Small Group Experience —
Sections 1–6
60–90 minutes
Available in Japanese and English

1. Introductory Lecture
Learn the basics of tea ceremony: its history, schools, terms, tools, and etiquette

2. Enter the Tea Room
Learn to sit correctly, bow to your host, and appreciate the meanings of the seasonal calligraphy and flower arrangement which decorate the room

3. Start the Ceremony
Observe as your host brews and serves the tea while explaining each step

— Large Group Experience —
Sections 1–6
90–120 minutes
Available in Japanese and English

4. Drink Tea
Enjoy tea brewed by a master in accordance with the ritual

5. Brew Your Own
Prepare a bowl of tea in traditional fashion, guided by your host

6. Commemorative Photo and Q&A
The tea master will answer any outstanding questions, then pose with you for a commemorative photo