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The Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An is unique in Kyoto and is located just 200 meters from Kyoto station.

It is a genuine and Zen dedicated Tea Ceremony Room like those you will see in Temples and Shrines in Kyoto. It is a holy place. It is not a Kissaten (cafeteria) shop (喫 茶 店) but a dedicated Chashitsu (茶 室) built exclusively for performing the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyu, (茶の湯). Once you enter you are surrounded by calm, the charm of the garden, the koi fish pond and our Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An. An Italian architect attending our Tea Ceremony Workshop in 2015 defined Ju-An as an “architectural gem in historic Kyoto.”

The term Ichigo Ichie (一期一会) is a famous Japanese term which means “once-in-a-lifetime” encounter. This expression is used in connection with the Japanese Tea Ceremony experience because this special encounter in most cases will not recur.

Chanoyu & Ichigo Ichie Workshop

茶の湯 & 一期一会 Workshop

Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An viewed from its garden

Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An -  Chashitsu Ju-An

Start your Kyoto vacation at the Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An, or finish your Kyoto holiday with the lasting memory of our Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop in our Chashitsu Ju-An.

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What is the meaning of Chashitsu

Visitors to Temples and Shrines in Kyoto do not realise that somewhere tucked in a corner of the site there is a Tea Ceremony Room, a Chashitsu in Japanese. Most of them are not accessible and not even in the normal visitor's path around the site. Some, on the other hand, such as at the Kinkaku-ji Temple, will find the Tea Ceremony Room along the visitor's path with a brief translation in English, saying “Tea Room.” Invariably, they are not accessible to the public and are registered as Japan National Heritage Buildings.
  

The Chashitsu evolved with its typical architectural style in the Edo period (c.1600 AD). Its layout inside is canonical and follows largely Zen rules. Many of them have thatched roofs but others have gabled tiled roofs. The object of the chashitsu was to perform the Japanese Tea Ceremony in accordance with the teachings of its founder Sen no Rikyū, born in nearby Osaka but lived and died in Kyoto.

The Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An is a CHASHITSU. It is not a cafeteria (Kissaten) where you can experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) after a fashion, but a genuine and purpose-built Chashitsu.

In the autumn of 2015 our Chashitsu Ju-An was selected by a National Broadcasting Corporation of one Asia country to record the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The TV shooting took place in a famous Kyoto Temple and the Chanoyu was recorded in our Chashitsu Ju-An.

Matcha is powdered top and best quality Tencha tea leaves.


Tea can be classified into fermented types, typically brown and black leaf teas, and unfermented types, typically green leaf teas. Green teas can be grown in covered or uncovered tea plantations. At the top of the hierarchy is Matcha which grows in covered tea farms to avoid direct sunlight and is ground with a tea millstone to a fine powder.

 

Around April new buds start to appear and the matcha tea plants are covered with screens to avoid direct sunlight. This prevents the amino acid L-Theanine from turning into catechin and makes matcha milder and rich in Umami (savoury taste) with no astringency, i.e. that pungent taste that makes a mouth contract.

 

Matcha is the healthiest type of tea and is rich in vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2) and, is at the heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony ritual.  We hope you will continue to drink Matcha with all its many benefits and make it your new “Way of Tea.”


The anti-oxidant content level shown in the adjacent bar chart has to be properly understood. It is a lab result based on 100 grams of each shown ingredient. In Ju-An we use two scoops of matcha (2 grams) for each bowl of tea, not 100 grams, therefore the amount of ingested antioxidants have to be reduced by a factor of 50. Be aware of how statistics are interpreted! This means that in practice a bowl of matcha has about 3 times more antioxidants than a normal cup of green tea, or the same amount as 100 grams of broccoli.


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JU-AN WORKSHOP DETAILS

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Interior of Chashitsu Ju-An & Performing Room for Workshop

Interior of Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An
Matcha Powder used in the performance of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Ju-An

Matcha Green Tea

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"A definite highlight: Such a beautiful experience in Tea Room Ju-An" (Sandra from Australia)
"Discover the mystic of Japan in the authentic Tea Room Ju-An" (Katie from USA)
“It was an unforgettable and magical experience for us. Being in Ju-An was a meaningful part of touching the spirit of Japan for our whole group.” Artur Maliszewski

WHAT  IS  MATCHA GREEN TEA

"I knew I wanted to take part in a cultural activity while in Kyoto, but I’m so glad I came across Ju-An rather than attend an impersonal event or show. It was a welcome moment of calm, grace and appreciation in a busy day of sightseeing.” Goo75 Madrid.

The workshop runs daily and is conducted in English. You will learn the principles and inner workings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony ritual and you will also learn some Japanese  words such as:

Wa - Kei - Sei - Jaku - Chashitsu - Kissaten - Chanoyu


Each Workshop Ceremony is divided in two parts:

Part 1

Explanation of the Tea Ceremony and its history and cultural placing.

Demonstration of Tea Ceremony  in quiet atmosphere.

Part 2

Guidance on making and drinking matcha by yourself using a unique Japanese bamboo whisk, followed by a Japanese sweet and a going away donut/snack.


You will also receive a personalised Certificate of Attendance to our Chashitsu Ju-An about four weeks after your Workshop session.

JU-AN IS JUST 2 MINUTES WALK FROM KYOTO TOWER

Kyoto Tower near Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An

Kyoto Tower in front of Kyoto Central Train Station

BY POPULAR REQUEST WE HAVE NOW AVAILABLE A  MATCHA CEREMONY KIT TO TAKE BACK WITH YOU

MATCHAKIT BACK TO TOP KIMONO

Kyoto’s affordable Kimono Rental at YUMEYAKATA

Join our Tea Ceremony Workshop wearing a kimono

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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TEA CEREMONY WORKSHOP

If you wish to attend wearing a kimono Ju-An does not offer a kimono rental service. You need to contact a kimono rental shop and make a reservation.

There is a shop in the Kyoto Tower building or you can contact YumeYakata by clicking on the adjacent side panel where you can view a photo-show of the whole experience.

Ju-An can sell you a Matcha Kit at a price that cannot be matched in Kyoto. We always have some kits in our Chashitsu. Take it back with you as a souvenir and to practice your “Way of Tea” when you are back home.

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Koi Fish pond in the garden of the Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An

Visitors can attend wearing a Kimono or normal clothing

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Claimed benefits

of Matcha

What is Matcha?