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This was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. Eating a hot pot of silken tofu whilst... read more

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Highly recommended

We had a lovely experience, Keiko explained the history of the tea ceremony for us and then... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
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Camellia GARDEN’s striking surroundings provide a uniquely beautiful location to experience private tea ceremony in Kyoto. Our tea house is over 100 years old and situated amongst stunning gardens, less than a minute's walk from the serenity of...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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18 Ryoanji Ikenoshitacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8003, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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+81 75-525-3238
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 December 2017

My wife and I just had our first tea ceremony at this establishment and it was really amazing. My wife donned a traditional kimono and our host, Maya, began explaining the history of Japanese Tea Ceremonies and the general procedure. Right off the bat I...More

2  Thank garretttompkins
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear garretttompkins, It was a pleasure to welcome you and your wife to Garden. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We want all our guests to feel at home while they are with us, and it is rewarding to...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

There are two camellia garden tea ceremony locations in Kyoto-one near Gion and the other a 30 minute drive from city centre. Make sure your taxi driver takes you to the right one. We booked a private ceremony and while the host was very nice...More

2  Thank georginam571
Atsuko M, オーナー at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Dear Georgina, Thank you for joining us at Camellia Garden. It's most unfortunate that your journey to Camellia Garden was less than smooth. Sadly, there are some things out of our hands and taxi drivers are one of those. We are confident that the highly...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. Eating a hot pot of silken tofu whilst overlooking the beautiful garden was a magical experience and I hope to have the chance one day to repeat it. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

We had a lovely experience, Keiko explained the history of the tea ceremony for us and then performed it with such grace and beauty, we also got the chance to make our own tea at the end. I was kindly provided with a low seat...More

Thank Dragonfly345
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Dear Dragonfly345, Thank you for visiting us at Camellia Garden, and for your kind words. We’re very glad you could enjoy the house and gardens. 

 I will be sure to pass on your thoughtful words to Keiko. We do hope that you will pop in...More

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We had a magnificent time here with Maya. She gave a wonderful lesson in history and culture and took all of our questions. She performed a graceful tea ceremony. The hour seemed to fly by. We highly recommend this on your way to Arashiyama!More

Thank travellotus
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Dear travellotus, Thank you for leaving such a kind review, it was a pleasure welcoming you to Camellia Garden. Maya will be so pleased to know that she could make your time here such an enjoyable one. We are very lucky with our location, sitting...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We had the private tea ceremony in spring. It is in a traditional Japanese house surrounded with beautiful gardens. The place is absolutely gorgeous. But what made it even better and special was our hostess Maya she was incredible she explains the house’s history, the...More

Thank ChrisEllieTH
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

Dear ChrisEllieTH, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It was a great pleasure welcoming you to Camellia Garden. I'm sure Maya will be thrilled to know that you had such a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable time. We do hope...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

The tea ceremony with Maya was definitely a highlight of our trip. Her English was excellent and she explained everything really well. A great experience!More

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Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Dear JacJacJacE, It was a pleasure welcoming you to Camellia Garden. Thank you for writing such a generous review, it makes us exceptionally happy to know that you will leave Japan with some fond memories of tea ceremony here. I'll be sure to pass on...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

There are two camellia garden tea ceremony locations in Kyoto-one near Gion and the other a 30 minute drive from city centre. Make sure your taxi driver takes you to the right one. We booked a private ceremony and while the host was very nice...More

2  Thank georginam571
Atsuko M, オーナー at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Dear Georgina, Thank you for joining us at Camellia Garden. It's most unfortunate that your journey to Camellia Garden was less than smooth. Sadly, there are some things out of our hands and taxi drivers are one of those. We are confident that the highly...More

Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I arrived very late after accidentally going to the wrong location first (we did not realize there was more than one Camellia - oops!) Not only did they stay open late to accommodate us, we had the most wonderful and special experience....More

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Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Dear murphycolleen45, Thank you for your review, it's great to know you left with such strong memories of your time here! We understand that visitors usually won’t be familiar with the layout of Kyoto and so every now and again people may be delayed, but...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018

It was one of the best experiences I had in japan. I strongly recommend it. I think it is the best tea ceremony venue in Kyoto. You need to make a reservation ahead especially if it is a high season. Even if you don't like...More

1  Thank Nada A
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Dear Nada, Thank you for joining us at Camellia Garden. It is very gratifying to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time here so much, and such a thoughtful review means a great deal to us. We hope that we’ve helped create another Matcha...More

Reviewed 31 May 2018

My husband and I booked a private tea ceremony at Camellia GARDEN. The location was beautiful (especially with the light rain going outside) as was the tea ceremony itself. We enjoyed wagashi and pleasant conversation prior to the start of the ceremony, then experienced the...More

Thank overthecascade
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Dear overthecascade, Thank you for leaving such a kind review, it was a pleasure to have you visit us. We are very lucky with our location, sitting amongst some of Kyoto’s finest temples & gardens. It’s great that you took the opportunity to visit Ryoan-ji...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018

I forget the young woman's name, but she was very friendly and welcoming and spoke fluent English. Did a great job of explaining traditions. Beautiful home and views of small garden; peaceful on a rainy day. Enjoyed traditional sweets, even received gifts to take home...More

Thank Rob B
Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Camellia Tea Ceremony GARDEN, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Dear Rob,

 Thank you for visiting us at Camellia Garden, and for your kind words. We’re very glad you could enjoy the house and gardens. 

 While the tea ceremony itself is more often than not performed on the floor, we appreciate that this is not...More

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It isnt a public garden, its a private home where you make a booking to experience a traditional tea ceremony. the tea ceremony is performed by a traditional japanese garden belonging to the home. i think bookings need to be... More
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