Tokyo Gardens and Tea Ceremony

If you want to take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, this is the place to do it. You’ll head to Happo-en, a tranquil Japanese garden, where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the grounds. Three centuries ago this beautiful garden belonged to a liegeman to the shogun, but today it is open to visitors and often used for weddings. It’s not hard to see why people choose it as a venue; this manicured landscape boasts ancient bonsai, koi ponds and cherry blossoms. You’ll even find a 520-year-old pine tree!

Once you’re done exploring the grounds it’s time for tea. You’ll wander down a quaint stone path, past ponds filled with waterlilies and visit the charming wooden teahouse, Mujyōan. Inside you’ll find chairs so that those with limited mobility can comfortably join in too.

Inside the teahouse your tea master will show you the traditional art of the Japanese tea ceremony and prepare you a thick tea made of powdered green tea leaves for you. Under the skilled guidance of your tea master, you’ll be able to watch the elegant movements involved in preparing tea and you’ll learn the correct ceremonial way to drink your tea.

Highlights

  • Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

  • Marvel at a 500 year old pine tree

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I have explored 13 countries in the Far East and South East Asia first hand including living and working in China. I am fluent in English and Mandarin.

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