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History of Japanese Tea Course

History of Japanese Tea Course

What is the relationship between Kyoto and Tea?
Over eight-hundred years ago, tea was transported to Japan from China. In this course, you will learn about the history of the tea ceremony and become familiar with some of the temples that were the first to serve this Chinese drink. At the end of the day you will enjoy some Japanese tea sweets that have become popular recently.
(About 6 hours)

Kenninji-Temple: 10:00-11:30

This temple was founded by a monk who brought many different types of tea from China. In the compound stands a stone monument with the word "Tea monument" written in kanji.
Times:10:00 - 16:00
Address:584 Komatsu-cho Higashiyama-ku
Access:7-min walk from Keihan Railway Shijo Station
<City Bus, Route #5 Higashiyama sanjo to Nanzenji Temple and Eikando: About 14 minutes>

NOMURA ART MUSEUM: 13:00-14:30

This collection was established by Tokushichi Nomura founder of the Nomura company. Tea ceremony instruments and prints are on display.
Address:Nanzen-ji Shimogawara Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access:6-min walk from Nanzen-ji Eikan-do michi bus stop
Close: Mon (Except for holiday)
Entrance fee: 700 yen
<Subway Tozai Line Keage Station to Keihan Sanjo Station: About 3 minutes>

KYO-HAYASHIYA: 15:00-16:00

This was the first shop to offer matcha (bitter green tea) sweets in Kyoto. The view from the sixth floor is spectacular.
Times:11:30 - 21:30(21:00LO)
Address:6F Takase building 105 Nakajima-cho Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Access:2-min walk from Keihan railway Sanjo
Budget:1000 yen