Tea Ceremony

Chiyoda-ku
Tea Ceremony

The fourth floor Toko-an at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo offers an excellent traditional tea service experience for guests and non-guests alike. Its trio of ceremonial rooms are outfitted in the traditional sukiya architectural style, defined by refined simplicity and rustic elegance, with bamboo ceilings, tatami mats, spare seasonal decoration, and an adjacent terrace garden that offers a meditative buffer from the throbbing modern city just beyond the walls. Though the authentic chanoyu experience is highly legitimate, it’s also Western-friendly—and that’s a good thing.

Tea Ceremony
Imperial Hotel, 1-1, Uchisaiwai-cho 1-chomeTokyo, Japan
81-3/3504-1111

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