Shibuya City is a special ward just southwest of central Tokyo. It is a cultural and economic powerhouse with two of the most crowded and popular railway stations in the world, Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station. It is also the center of youth fashion and culture. It is also packing with shopping, entertainment, dinning, and nightclubs, and is a must for any tourist visiting Tokyo. Shibuya was original home to a castle and the Shibuya family until the end of the Edo period. In 1885 the Yamanote rail line was complete connecting downtown Tokyo to Shibuya. Instantly Shibuya became an entertainment and shopping hub and hasn’t stopped growing since.
1. Warakuan Teahouse
This teahouse is situation in the heart of the local Universities and local museums. The tea master has been a tea master at the Koborienshu school of tea for over 30 years and will detail every important and significant action during the 4-hour event. The teahouse itself is completely authentic to the ceremony from the construction of the room to the decorations. You will have the opportunity to brew your own tea and will be served the traditional pastries as well in a formal Kimono of your choice.
Access: 15 minute walk from the Ikejiri-ōhashi Station
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed: Reservation Only
Price: ¥4,000 per person
2. Shibuya Kimono Shop Tea Room
For a more relaxed tea ceremony experience a local kimono shop in the heart of Shibuya hosts private tea ceremonies in a traditional tea ceremony room in the Kimono shop. Not only do you get the ceremonial experience you get the expertise of a generation Kimono Shop owner to discuss tea and Kimono traditions. Included in the experience is the ability to brew your own tea and wear a traditional kimono.
Access: Pick up at Shibuya Station
Hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Closed: Reservation Only
Price: ¥6,250 per group
Located just south of Shibuya off the Meguro Station sits this stunning Muan teahouse in the middle of a traditional Japanese garden. This is one of the only gardens in the area that hosts tea ceremonies. Everything down to the last detail is in completely original form and traditional etiquette for the ceremony. One of the major benefits of Happo-en is that after the ceremony you are able to wonder the gardens and enjoy the beautiful flowers and bonsai trees.
Access: 15 minute walk from the Meguro Station
Hours: 11:00 – 16:00
Closed: Reservations Are Required
Price: ¥1,100 – 8,800 per person depending on the package
4. Tea ceremony by Maikoya – Tokyo
Rated the number 1 tea ceremony experience in Japan by TripAdvisor this ceremonial experience is the best cultural experience you can get for the price. Conveniently situated just north of Shibuya in Shinjuku, and expertly crafted this tea ceremony only uses the highest of grade ingredients and the finest of kimonos for the situation. You will be assured a full cultural learning experience as well as everything is explained as it is happening.
Access: 15 Minute Walk from Lawson Seibu Shinjuku Station North shop
Hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Closed: Reservations Required
Price: ¥2,400 – 5,200 per person depending on if you want a kimono
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Shibuya is a ward just south of Tokyo. It is easy not to realize that you are even there. But don’t lose sight of the connection to the culture and the history. Enjoying a tea ceremony in Shibuya is a beautiful moment to connect to the history of the place and history of the people around you. Tea Ceremonies are an amazing chance to learn a lost piece of art that you can take with you when you leave. It only takes a few hours but will absolutely last a lifetime.
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