October 28, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ginchakai that has become a familiar autumn tradition in Ginza is now in its 17th year.
This special event brings together all five schools of chado and a sencha-do school that rarely share a venue to open-air tea ceremony set in Ginza. Anyone can participate.
Come and enjoy the world of tea ceremony that is a part of traditional Japanese culture.

[How to participate in tea ceremony]

[Ticket distribution time]

[Tea ceremony workshop for beginners]

In tea ceremony venue 1 and venue 14, you learn how to prepare the tea and also prepare some yourself.
Even beginners can enjoy the great taste.

From 2:00 p.m.

[Overview of Events]

[Rain Events]

In the event of rain, all outdoor Ginchakai events will be canceled.
Instead, a Teicha tea ceremony will be held.

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Information about the tea provided in Ginchakai

抹茶「伊藤園 華の宴」

Selected tea leaves are carefully ground with a millstone into a weak powdered tea that harmonizes bitterness and sweetness.

煎茶「伊藤園 ほれぼれ」

Made with Yutaka Midori, a rare type of tea from Kagoshima. It features a rich flavor and vivid green color. Brewing it at 70 to 80 ℃ brings out its savory and delicious flavor.

Both the matcha and sencha are available for purchase at Matsuya Ginza B1F Itoen.

How to enjoy tea ceremony


  • 1. Take the paper holding the sweet into your hand, then cut the sweet into bit-sized pieces and eat it.
  • 2. When passed the tea, take the bowl firmly with both hands.
  • 3. The tea bowl will be presented with the front facing you. Rotate the bowl to turn the front away from you before drinking.

In Chado, great value is placed on humility, and the tea bowl is rotated to face the front away so that the design on the bowl is not dirtied. The method of rotating and number of rotations varies with the school.


  • 1. Place the saucer holding the teacup in your left palm, then pick up the teacup with your right hand and take a sip.
  • 2. Enjoy the aroma and sweetness of the tea. When you have finished, set the cup and saucer aside and eat the sweet.
  • 3. When the second cup has been poured, taste the difference from the first-brewed tea.
  • 4. When you have finished, place the teacup on the saucer and put it back on the serving tray.