Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp
Yobanashi Sahan Tea Ceremony
Casual meets classy at this invitation-only tearoom that also doubles as a bar
Lasting for hours, a full Japanese tea ceremony is often seen as a formal affair, with strict protocols for hosts and guests to follow. Yobanashi Sahan, however, harks back to the original essence of the tea ceremony: a gathering where guests can enjoy "kaiseki-ryori" haute cuisine and matcha green tea in good company.
At this invitation-only space in Shinjuku City, guests can experience a full four-hour tea ceremony without having to sit in the traditional kneeling position or follow proper ceremonial etiquette. Whether you’re a Japanese tea ceremony first-timer or an aficionado, Yobanashi Sahan invites one and all to see the tea ceremony in a new light.
Here, guests will savor "kaiseki-ryori" cuisine paired with premium sake, along with two types of matcha. Complementing the food and drinks is the space’s aesthetic. The subdued refinement of "wabi-sabi" aesthetics, as well as a carefully curated selection of decor and tea utensils, will surely refresh the body, mind, and soul.
Yobanashi Sahan also doubles as a bar, so, in addition to tea, guests can enjoy original cocktails named after poems associated with history’s greatest tea-ceremony masters.