Tea Ceremony in Gion
Kyoto has numerous places where you can observe a ceremony, but why not get hands on and take a part in one yourself under the guidance of a chado or sado master. En (an important Japanese concept signifying a connection between people people, space or things) is a tea house in the popular Gion area where tea ceremonies are held at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. Private ceremonies can be reserved by email and in advance for twice the price.
Known as either chado or sado in Japanese, the tea ceremony is a traditional Zen-influenced ritual performed with both precision and grace that has turned the simple process of mixing powdered green tea (matcha) and hot water into an art form.