Immerse Yourself in Japanese
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Every Tuesday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(Check in at 10:45 am)
Japanese tea is seen as an inseparable part of Japanese Culture, with production and practices that started centuries ago. Over time, changes in tea traditions and practices have led to the creation of various schools of tea, cafes, and casual enjoyment, but the pervasiveness in the culture around tea continues to this day.
In Japan, having tea allows guests to take a break from the outside world and focus on the simple, transitory moment of serving and drinking tea. And with this, we ask you to join us at the Japanese Friendship Garden for our newest offering: Tea Tours!
Garden Admission is included with purchase of Tea Tour ticket.
Please note: There will be no Tea Tours July - September.
What to Expect on Your Tour
Guests can join us on Tuesdays at 11 am for an exclusive docent-led tea tour where they can learn the basics of Chanoyu and Japanese casual tea. The program begins with a tour of the Tea House "Musoan" where you can admire Japanese seasonal art displays, learn about the history of the Tea House, and gain an introduction to modern Japanese tea culture.
Afterwards, you can indulge in a Japanese casual tea tasting service in the Tea House, where you will get to enjoy Sen-cha, Genmai-Cha, Hoji-Cha, and a Japanese sweet on authentic Japanese dishware. The entire tour will last for 60 minutes, giving you ample time to soak in the experience and ask questions.
The final 15 minutes will allow guests to explore the Roji on a docent led tour, where guests will get to learn about the design of the Garden and its purpose in Japanese Tea culture and history.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn and experience the art of Japanese tea culture within our Beautiful Roji and Tea House.
Tours will run between 45 min - 60 min depending on the guide, and questions asked by guests.
First 20 - 30 min:
Introduction, learning about the Tea House, Japanese tea culture, and trying Japanese teas: Hoji-cha, Sen-cha, Genmai-Cha with a Japanese sweet.
Next 10 - 15 min:
Q &A and relax
Final 10 - 15 min:
Docent tour through the Roji Garden.
Each tour can accommodate up to 8 guests, and reservations must be placed in advance.
Younger guests must be supervised by a parent or guardian, due to the fragility of the space and the delicate teaware.