Real Chaji Experience in Specialized Tea Ceremony Room

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Tour code : 006020H

From JPY 58,700

Tour Operating : Every Day at 10:00am

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Chaji is more than just a tea ceremony or a tradition – it is an expression of Japan’s history, culture and art.

In an authentic tea house reserved just for you, you will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts and beauty of chaji from an expert. Only one group per day is permitted.

Trip HighLights

  • Chaji Experience including Matcha Green Tea and Kaiseki Meal included
  • Kaishi (A special kind of paper folded and tucked inside the front of a kimono especially for use at the tea ceremony) included
  • Transport from Tour Start Point to Chaji venue included
  • Only one tea house available
  • A luxurious experience in a tea house fully reserved for one group a day
  • You can experience a series of Chaji tea gathering moments -  from Kaiseki to matcha and sweets
  • Guidance in English (instruction sheet, translation machine) and interpreter
  • You can make Japanese sweets and/or wear kimono as an optional extra

Quick Itinerary

Day 1

10:00am

Meet at Himeji Station
Proceed to Tea House
Shoiri (preparation)
Machiai (warming-up)
Kaiseki (traditional Japanese meal)
Shozumi (first laying of charcoal to boil water)
Omogashi (seasonal Japanese sweets)
Nakadachi (Intermission)
Matcha tea experience

About 2:00pm

Chaji Experience ends at about 2:00pm

What's Included

Local Specialty Lunch
Matcha Green Tea & Traditional Sweets
Taxi Fare
Tea Ceremony

What's Not Included

Transport to Tour Start Point

Access Information

Tour Start Point JR Himeji Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point From Tokyo:
About three and a half hours on the Shinkansen.

From Kyoto:
About 55 minutes on the Shinkansen.
Tour End Point JR Himeji Station
Time Required About four hours
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  • Terms & Conditions

What does Chaji mean?

Many people think that tea ceremony is just making and drinking matcha powdered green tea with special formalities. But Japanese tea ceremony is actually a comprehensive art form that encompasses a wide range of fields such as art, flower arrangement, architecture and gardening, kaiseki traditional cuisine, and confectionery. "Chaji" refers to a formal tea ceremony entertaining guests with kaiseki, thick tea called koicha and a thinner kind of tea called usucha.

You can feel this true spirit of hospitality in a tea house near Himeji. An associate professor with knowledge of chaji will teach you all about the tea ceremony - including table manners, how to appreciate a tea room and even how to walk into the room. The tea house is equipped so that guests enjoy the tea ceremony as a comprehensive art form. In addition, this tea room was designed to accommodate people who are not used to sitting on a tatami mat too.

A Kaiseki Cuisine Experience

One of the highlights of your day will be eating kaiseki served as part of this formal tea gathering. You can see a unique way of cooking rice in a kind of kettle over the hearth in the tea room. Try to make a charcoal fire using a bamboo blowpipe to cook the rice. When it is ready, enjoy beautiful kaiseki using seasonal ingredients with the cooked rice.

Special Tea for the Ceremony - Both Thick and Thin

Koicha is made by kneading tea powder with a small amount of hot water. You may be surprised at just how thick it is. Try to appreciate its aroma and rich texture.

Lastly, you will make usucha, a weaker tea, by yourself. Enjoy the creamy flavor of the tea with the foam on the surface.

As an optional extra, you can make Japanese sweets or attend the tea gathering wearing a kimono. A program rich in content like this is quite rare. Even if you are a beginner, this is a great opportunity to try a special Chaji in Himeji!

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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