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Real Japanese Tea Gathering Once-in-a-lifetime Experience in Hyogo

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    Many people think that tea ceremony is just making and drinking tea according to defined manners. But Japanese tea ceremony is actually a comprehensive art form that deals with a wide range of fields such as art, flower arrangement, architecture and gardening, Kaiseki(traditional Japanese cuisine) and confectionery. And "Chaji" refers to a formal tea ceremony entertaining guests with Kaiseki, Koicha (thick tea) and Usucha (weak tea).

    You can meet the Japanese spirit of hospitality in a tea house near Himeji. An associate professor of Chaji will teach you all about the tea ceremony such as table manners, how to appreciate a tea room and how to walk in the room. The tea house is equipped with various refined artifice to enjoy the tea ceremony as a comprehensive art form. In addition, this tea room was designed to accommodate people who are not used to sitting on a Tatami mat!

    One of the highlights is eating Kaiseki served in a formal tea gathering. You can see a unique way of cooking rice in a teakettle for boiling water over the hearth in the tea room. Try to make a charcoal fire using a bamboo blowpipe to cook rice. When it is ready, enjoy beautiful Kaiseki using seasonal ingredients with the cooked rice.

    The main event is tasting matcha in the room with the lighting Japanese candles. A seasonal Japanese confectionery is followed by Koicha (thick tea) served in a formal tea ceremony. Koicha is made by kneading tea powder with a small amount of hot water. You may be surprised at how thick it is but try to appreciate its aroma and rich texture. Lastly, you will make Usucha (weak tea) by yourself. Enjoy the creamy flavor of the tea with the form on the surface.

    As an option, you can make Japanese sweets, and/or you can attend the tea gathering wearing kimono. You would rarely come across a program rich in content like this. So regardless of your experience, Take this opportunity and try a special Chaji in Himeji!
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    Departure Point
    1012-44 Sayooka, Taishi, Ibo-gun, Hyogo 671-1575, Japan
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • All the items necessary for tea gathering (Japanese tissue, and etc.)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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    • Duration: 5h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English, Japanese
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