Oct 22
~
Oct 30

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2022

9:00am – 5:00pm

Taking place on successive weekends at Hamarikyu Gardens (October 22-23) and the Edo Tokyo Outdoor Architecture Museum (October 29-30), this event is a showcase of one of Japan’s unique cultural assets—the tea ceremony.

This isn’t just for enthusiasts, the idea seems to be to make it as accessible as possible with both indoor tea ceremonies (in the famed tea house in the middle of a salt water pond) and outdoor ceremonies. There will even be ceremonies conducted in English.

To attend an outdoor ceremony (to get a cushion in the viewing area) it costs ¥300 for adults while kids of primary school age or under get in for free. There are full ceremonies held in the teahouse for ¥700 but these generally require advance reservation in a lottery system before August 31st. For the regular tickets, you should go along as early as you can to book your place—which can be done at the Nodate ticket counter in the garden.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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