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Tondaya, Kyoto

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  • Our tour group visited this establishment one afternoon after a day of visiting temples and shrines. It was a nice change of pace. Once we arrived the staff of Tondaya began dressing us individually. ...  more »
  • Sweet tea. House with a history. Tea ceremony lasts-literally minutes 10. Mistress shows and tells how to drink tea Matcha. Then distribute sweets and tea. After the ceremony, a small tour of the home. Here you can buy Matcha and whisk for whipping it.
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  • Staff is helpful. Excellent way to learn more about Japanese machiyas and ikebana
  • TL;DR: very unprofessional. Absolute tourist trap. This place was a total hoax. We booked on the phone an Origami lesson. Since 'the school' is inside a museum we were asked to pay extra for the entrance fee and a tour in the museum. They said it's a requirement from all participant. They said it's an historic Japanese house. Oh well. For making 4 shapes of Origami+entrance+tour we didn't actually wanted it came up to 7500 yen a person(!). We came at the booked time - 10am. The tour started. It was 5 min to the minute. Very shallow. The house is nice, it's a shame it was that shallow. Since there was only one guide and another couple (who booked a tea ceremony), we were 'offered' to watch their tea ceremony show although we didn't pay (the guide can't split into two, no matter that we booked in advanced and they knew we were coming ) - but without participating and off course no tea.It felt weird just to sit there watching them drink tea so we left to wait in the hall. We waited 20 min for our Origami lesson - just to find out the guide just downloaded from the internet the very basic shapes. She had less knowledge then we did, and for one of the shapes - the fish- we were ahead of her in following the instructions from the printed page. It was ridiculous. Bottom line: they learnt they can make easy money out of tourists and they did. Don't go.
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