There aren’t many travelers who can say they have joined a private tea ceremony within the grounds of an exclusive temple. Korin-in Temple was founded in 1613 and its garden was believed to have been designed by the master craftsman, Kentei. The teahouse, built in the early Meiji period (1868 to 1912), has a reputation for being one of the most majestic in Japan.
However, Korin-in Temple is not usually open to the public, so the opportunity to enjoy a private tea ceremony here through Destination Asia Japan is very prestigious. The best quality tea is used and seasonal sweets from a traditional sweet maker are provided. The tea ceremony teacher will instruct guests on how to eat the sweets and drink the tea, after which, the teacher will show guests how to make tea themselves.