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Master the Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

1 hour
Group size
Up to 15 people

Join an expert from Tokyo and learn how to make tea in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Ever wondered exactly what matcha is? Or how to make tea the way the masters do in Japan? Join Tokyo native Yukiko for a virtual, behind-the-scenes look at the art of the Japanese tea ceremony in her establishment called Koomon, Tokyo. Yukiko will begin the Online Escape by inviting you into the drawing room, where she’ll share the philosophy and history of the traditional Japanese green tea ceremony, as well as its meaning in modern society. You’ll then move into the tea ceremony room, where a tea master of the Enshuuryuu school will demonstrate how to brew matcha tea—this will be a good moment for you to sip a cup of your own green tea, if you have some! Tea time will never look the same once you learn how to perform a Japanese tea ceremony at home. There’s even an art to enjoying matcha tea in Japan, and you’ll learn how to do that, too. As Yukiko will explain, the Japanese tea ceremony (and this Online Escape) all comes down to one very important thing: ICHI-GO-ICHI-E. Tune in to find out what that Japanese concept means!

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • An interest in traditional Japanese culture
  • A willingness to slow down and embrace the moment
  • A cup of matcha green tea (if you want to sip while you listen!)


Overall rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 13 authentic and unedited participant reviews
12/21/20 by Abraham

Wonderful experience. It was nice to take time out of the day to relax, reflect, and appreciate another culture.

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Abraham, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this experience.

Very Calming
12/21/20 by Jason

The escape was very informative and provided an opportunity to experience a calming and educational moment. My wife and I have taken the information provided and have begun to practice what we learned from the escape. This wa...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Jason, thank you for joining us! We are glad you enjoyed it. Until next time!

Wonderful Experience!
12/21/20 by Jenni

I enjoyed learning about the Tea Ceremony as a practice in harmony and peace, especially amidst the challenges brought on this year. This was such an important reminder of all of the beauty and healing offered in nature and t...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

HI Jenni, we can't wait to travel with you to Japan in 2022. Thank you for joining this Escape and for sharing your feedback!

Wonderful Tea Ceremony Experience
12/21/20 by Barbara

What a perfect presentation. We were fully immersed into the wonderful Japanese ceremony. I feel like I understand so much better the details and reasons behind so much of it. Our teacher and tea master were professional a...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Barbara, thank you for joining us for this wonderful Escape. We hope you enjoyed is as much as we enjoyed hosting you!

Transported to Tokyo
11/09/20 by Bridget

Yukiko provided a great overview on the history, philosophy and meaning of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. She created an engaging and relaxing atmosphere to fully appreciate the beauty of the ceremony. Many Thanks...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/23/2020

Hi Bridget, We are delighted to hear about your Japanese tea ceremony experience with Yukiko. Thank you for joining us!

Getting ready

How do I participate in this virtual Japanese tea ceremony?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so for this virtual Japanese tea ceremony, you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining in this traditional tea ceremony lesson?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join this lesson on a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, you’ll meet your host, Yukiko, as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What do I need for this online lesson on hosting a Japanese tea ceremony?

To get the full experience, we recommend bringing a cup of matcha green tea (if you want to sip while you listen!)

What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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