Guide - See / Do - Tea ceremony at The Koomon

Tea ceremony at The Koomon

Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with the quintessential Japanese cultural activity
Opening Hours By reservation

For those interested in Japanese tea ceremonies, Koomon in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo is the place to go.  For those who don't know, Japanese tea ceremonies refer to the ritual preparation and presentation of Japanese matcha green tea (抹茶) using Zen philosophy. The essence of preparing tea in this ceremony is to focus on predefined movements.  Visitors should also look at the cups and other utensils used in the ceremony.  Most are hand-made, with obvious marks of imperfection.  This is a reflection of the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetics, where imperfection would remind you of impermanence's beauty.

For vistors to Tokyo, the Koomon is a teahouse offering a variety of one-day Japanese cultural experiences courses. Each programme caters to learners' skill level, from introductory courses to advanced ones. The highlight, of course, is serving a tea ceremony in a kimono. The courses are offered in both Japanese and English.  They also offer Ikebana flower arrangements, calligraphy and other experiences (for those interested in Ikebana, don't miss out on the Pretty Medals Ohara School!). And if you are planning to go, consider the early afternoon.  That way, you can first check out the nearby Tsukiji fish market!  Don't miss out as the market will be moving soon.

Transport Tokyo Metro Nihombashi Station B1 exit (2-minute walk) Tokyo Station Yeasu central exit (7-minute walk)
+81 3 5202 5737
Buyo Bldg. 2F, 3-8-16 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
東京都中央区日本橋3−8−16ぶよおビル 2F

1. Tea ceremony, or the way of tea, is all about preparing a bowl of tea with heart.

2. Sweets you can enjoy with tea at the Dolls Festival every 3 March.

3. Every step of the process is important in a tea ceremony, including the precision of heat.

4. The Koomon traditional Japanese architectural appearance helps it stand out from the modern buildings around.

5. Tea’s bitterness is a perfect complement with pastries’ sweetness, allowing the way of tea to showcase the joys and pains of life.

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