Experience the Way of Tea
at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

Tanko Kai Tea Group Practicing Chanoyu
At The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix


What is the
Way of Tea?

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The four values of chado 


和 Wa (Harmony) - harmony between host, guests, the setting, and nature


敬 Kei (Respect) - respect towards one another and our surroundings  

清 Sei (Purity) - purify and have an open heart  

寂 Jaku (Serenity) - serenity achieved by obtaining harmony, respect, and purity


What is the Way of Tea? 

Chado, also known as chanoyu is often referred to as the Japanese Tea Ceremony in English. Cultural, contemplative and communal, this art form is based on hundreds of years of perfecting the bodily movements and mental disciplines involved in each tea gathering. 

Chanoyu which literally means “hot water for tea”, refers to the activities summarized by the following quote from the Urasenke school of tea.

“...the Way of Tea concerns the creation of the proper setting for that moment of enjoyment of a perfect bowl of tea. Everything that goes into that serving of tea, even the quality of the air and the space where it is served, becomes a part of its flavor. The perfect tea must therefore capture the 'flavor' of the moment — the spirit of the season, of the occasion, of the time and the place. The event called chaji — that is, a full tea gathering — is where this takes place, and where the Way of Tea unfolds as an exquisite, singular moment in time shared by the participants.” - Urasanke Konnichian

A fundamental phrase in chanoyu, is ichigo-ichie, “one time, one meeting”. Ichigo-ichie is an awareness that moments are unrepeatable and there will never be another moment exactly like the one you are currently experiencing. Therefore, each tea ceremony is a once in a lifetime event. The current Iemoto, Sen Soshitsu says "Ichigo-ichie is simply a matter of taking in everything we encounter, touch, hear, see, and feel around us, moment to moment, without pretense.” This inspires participants to cherish and treasure each experience with the utmost sincerity. Chanoyu can be appreciated by anyone who joins us at the Japanese Friendship Garden with these principles in mind, even if it is their first time.   


Chanoyu at Musoan Tea House

Chanoyu at our tea house

At the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Tanko Kai tea group has been practicing the Way of Tea in our tea house for the past 25 years.


After a long wait due to Covid-19 precautions, we are pleased to announce that our guests will be able to experience chanoyu in our tea house again. Public tea is now held one Saturday of each month, October through July and divided into 4 public seatings with 5 seats available at each seating.  


We have used the temporary pause to imbue the experience with deeper, richer and more immersive tea culture for our guests this year. Take this opportunity to appreciate culture, community and contemplation in a respected Japanese art form and come away with a fresh awareness of natural beauty and inner peace.

What the experience includes

The experience of Chanoyu starts with a tour of the tea garden where guests will prepare themselves for tea together. Guests can experience wearing Tabi (socks) and Zori (sandal), purifying their hands and months at Tsukubai (stone and bamboo wash basin), walking along our tea Garden Tobiishi (step-stones) which will guide them to tea the house, and finally entering through the Nijiriguchi (humble door).

Once guests enter the tea house they will experience the Way of Tea through a traditional tea ceremony presented by Tanko Kai, in the Urasenke style. Guests will be served freshly whisked matcha (green tea) and a traditional Japanese sweet during the course of the experience as well as learn the hand motions and proper way to drink tea at a gathering. After the experience, guests are encouraged to enjoy the rest of our 3.5 acre, authentic Japanese Garden for themselves.

Please Note:


Each tea seating can accommodate up to 5 guests, reservations are limited. As this is public tea, all guests who have reserved the tea seating for the same time will experience the gathering together.   


Our Chanoyu (the Way of Tea) program requires complete silence for a duration of 30 minutes during the ceremony. 


The entire experience (including the tour) lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  


Guests must be 12 years or older to participate. 

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Experience the Way of Tea with us 

Chanoyu Dates


October 16

November 20

December 11



January 15

February 19

March 19

April 16

May 21 

June 18

Chanoyu Seating Times

First seating 

Check in at front gate: 9:00 am 

Chanoyu Program starts: 9:10 am


Second seating 

Check in at front gate: 10:00 am 

Chanoyu Program starts: 10:10 am


Third seating 

Check in at front gate: 12:00 pm 

Chanoyu Program starts: 12:10 pm


Fourth seating  

Check in at front gate: 1:00 pm 

Chanoyu Program starts: 1:10 pm

Chanoyu Reservations

Limited to 4 seatings per day.

Each seating accommodates 5 guests  
Members must show membership card

at gate to confirm their ticket status. 

Presale only.


General: $65 / Senior: $62 / Member: $60 

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Cancellation Policies 

Chanoyu that do not meet minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be canceled at the Japanese Friendship Garden's discretion. The Japanese Friendship Garden will contact guests in the affected ceremony and offer refunds or placement in an alternate date. 



Guests who register for a class or program that is canceled for any reason by Japanese Friendship Garden will receive a full refund. 

Guests who withdraw from a class/program at least 10 business days prior the scheduled class/program start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)