Chado or Sado, meaning "the way of tea" in Japanese, is one of the oldest and most favourite cultural practices in Japan. You will find the best tea houses in Higashiyama and Gion districts where the choices are endless. The best ones include En Tea House, Ichiriki Chaya, Okitsu Club, Camellia, and Ran Hotei.
En Tea House is located in the heart of the Higashiyama sightseeing area. This is where you can learn about tea culture, taste authentic tea, and witness kimono-clad waitresses.
Okitsu Club is a very traditional teahouse where visitors can combine business with pleasure. You can learn a lot about Japanese culture while tea tasting there.
Camellia is an ideal spot for relaxation, where you can enjoy a cup of Uji matcha or wagashi and learn about the Japanese tea industry.
If you are interested in a more spiritual "way of tea" you can also try a tea ceremony at some of Kyoto's temples such as the Nanzen-ji Temple and the Shoren-in Temple. You will be able to try a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea) and enjoy the beautiful views of Japanese gardens.
Tea ceremonies are available in Kyoto all year round, and it's something that every visitor must experience!