Gallery Okubo
Gallery Okubo
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Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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  • Lisa Dwinal
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A memorable experience you do not want to miss!
    This family-owned shop provides the best customer service and they truly care about sharing their knowledge. The traditional tea ceremony was such a memorable experience and we truly learned so much. We were deeply honored by the Master's signed artwork that was provided to each of us and enjoyed eating the hand made sweets. This is truly one experience you do not want to miss out on and can only experience here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 June 2023
  • dicky_dodd
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Matcha Tea Ceremony
    Hidden gem in Yanaka area. Matcha tea ceremony was amazing experience for us and too price. Family of 3 adults and 10,000 yen total for 1hr, include tea ceremony and sweet treats Masters artwork was also lovely treat at the end. Also seems to be called Yukaan
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Dan M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional Tea Ceremony Experience with Warm Hospitality
    We had an exceptional experience at Gallery Okumbo. The tea ceremony was beautiful, including the antique tea cups. The sweets were delicious. The generous hospitality really sets this family business apart. The proprietor even produced a one of a kind artwork for us to commemorate our honeymoon. We recommend this place highly.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
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Dan M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had an exceptional experience at Gallery Okumbo. The tea ceremony was beautiful, including the antique tea cups. The sweets were delicious. The generous hospitality really sets this family business apart. The proprietor even produced a one of a kind artwork for us to commemorate our honeymoon. We recommend this place highly.
Written 2 November 2023
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dicky_dodd
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Hidden gem in Yanaka area.
Matcha tea ceremony was amazing experience for us and too price.
Family of 3 adults and 10,000 yen total for 1hr, include tea ceremony and sweet treats
Masters artwork was also lovely treat at the end.
Also seems to be called Yukaan
Written 9 July 2023
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Lisa Dwinal
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This family-owned shop provides the best customer service and they truly care about sharing their knowledge. The traditional tea ceremony was such a memorable experience and we truly learned so much. We were deeply honored by the Master's signed artwork that was provided to each of us and enjoyed eating the hand made sweets. This is truly one experience you do not want to miss out on and can only experience here.
Written 21 June 2023
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Kathy0129
Tokyo, Japan327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
あまり人に教えたくないけど、谷中にある隠れた宝石のような場所です。ここでの素敵な体験や時間は日本人ファンもたくさんいる模様。外国人の方々にも人気です!

This is the real hidden gem in Yanaka. Not just beautiful tea ceremony, Gallery Okubo has amazing teachers who can teach calligraphy and incense tradition as well. Lunch is wonderful and reasonable too. I highly recommended this place if you are looking for authentic cultural experience. Here’s some photos of incense tradition and tea ceremony. Tea ceremony is conducted by master teacher in her 80s on Wed Thurs Sat and Sun. On Friday, lovely Atsuko will be in charge for tea ceremony. The great thing about Gallery Okubo is, they have antique shop as core business and guests can use their precious antique cups which is museum level. For incense tradition, you need to make reservation in advance but it’s really noble experience. You will enjoy the world of mindfulness!
Written 10 September 2018
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この度は大変ありがたい評価を頂き感謝申し上げます。当店の隠れた魅力を沢山ご紹介下さり嬉しい限りです。骨董を通じて日本の文化体験を本格的に味わって頂きたいと思っておりますので、国籍を問わずどなたでも楽しんで頂けるお店を目指して今後とも精進して参ります。 Thank you very much for your valuable evaluation this time. We are glad to introduce a lot of the hidden charm of our shop. I would like to have a real taste of Japanese culture experience through antiques. We will continue to pursue aiming for shops that anyone can enjoy regardless of nationality.
Written 11 September 2018
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MontySpi
Toronto, Canada435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is not just a tea ceremony, it is also a lesson on preparing a Japanese meal, the history of tea, its preparation, and the utensils, and a time to enjoy with a family of hosts and a few fellow travellers.

Getting there is easy. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the NIPPORI JR train station, hosted in the upstairs of an antique shop.

Machico - our hostess - and her family is involved in the entire process. First, we made (and subsequently consumed) sushi and maki. With a little help from our hostess, they turned out edible. Although my experience as a chef - Japanese or any other cuisine - is very limited, it turns out that even I can prepare a meal "with a little help from my friends". They explained the process to prepare and background of the food that we had for lunch.

Then, onto the tea ceremony. It is in an antique store, and they have enhanced the experience by explaining the history and significance of various (expensive and antique) tea bowls, and permitting each of us to choose one. Then we observed and participated in the tea ceremony. This was followed by seeing documentation about the history of our tea bowls, with lots of explanations and picture-taking.

This takes around 3 hours, but is so interesting that we ran a little long, and somewhat overstayed our welcome. Of course, our hosts were very polite about this.

I cannot imagine a better tea ceremony experience.
Written 3 September 2018
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あたたかいレビューを有難うございます。当店で様々な日本文化の体験が出来ることを楽しんで頂き非常に嬉しいです。ただ茶道をしたり、日本食の料理体験をするだけでなく、骨董の器や道具を使う事によって、より深い歴史背景や興味を持っていただければ幸いです。いつかまたお会いできる日を楽しみにしています。それではまたお会いできる日を楽しみにしています。 I am very grateful to your warm reviews. My shop is not known to many people yet but you can easily imagine how you can experience it. Thank you for making lunch by yourself and enjoying arranging the dishes you made in a full-fledged antique lunch box. Moreover, I am pleased that the tea ceremony was deeply interested in the historical background on tea bowls and them. I am looking forward to seeing you again.
Written 12 September 2018
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