Nexion Escape Spring 2020 - Page 10

A ROU N D T H E WOR L D FOR T H E BE ST SP OT OF T E A Traditional Japanese tea ceremony Respect and Tranquility in Japan Tea has been a celebrated ritual in Japan for thousands of years and is still very much a part of its tradition today. There are countless tea houses to visit, so consider experiencing one in Kyoto, where the tea ceremony was born. The elegant and peaceful Camellia Tea Ceremony House should be at the top of your list. The teahouse and its beautiful gardens are located near the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera temple and just a short walk from Ryoan-ji Temple. 8 · escape · SPRING 2020 The calming and intricate tea ceremony (chanoyu) is performed for small groups by a bilingual host garbed in traditional kimono. She explains the culture and history of tea in an informative, yet graceful fashion, with a balance that’s authentic but not too formal. Guests can also try their hand at making their own matcha green tea while enjoying Kyoto’s finest sweets. For an even more intimate chanoyu, there’s the option to book a private ceremony with your own tea instructor. There are also options to participate in the tea ceremony in kimono, as a kimono rental is just a quick walk from the teahouse. BO O K IT N OW: Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Japan) SELECT amenities include: • $100 USD food and beverage credit (exclusions apply) • 20% off spa treatments • Koto Station transfers • Complimentary buffet breakfast or Japanese set menu for two daily • Early check-in and late checkout upon availability • Upgrade upon availability • Basic Wi-Fi