For a uniquely Japanese experience, enjoy a private tea ceremony at the En tea ceremony house in central Kyoto. These ceremonies are an integral part of Japanese culture and date back to the Nara era (710 to 794AD). Visitors are shown parts of the ceremony and the ritual of enjoying powdered green tea, which is traditionally served with a sweet dish made from red beans to counter the bitter taste of the fresh tea. An English-speaking tea ceremony teacher will enlighten you about the history and philosophy of the tea ceremony as well as its relationship with Zen Buddhism, before conducting a traditional ceremony in front of you. You may taste the tea and traditional sweets and course ask any questions that you may have.