Kyoto Premium Tea Experiences



Byodoin temple night time special visit and top quality tea experience.

Japanese tea has a history of 800 years. And Uji tea in Kyoto is particularly renowned as a high-grade tea production area. This year, "Kyoto Premium Tea Experiences" will be held for a limited time in Uji to touch the heart of the Japanese people through tea at Byodoin, a national treasure with a thousand-year history and a World Heritage Site. We will offer our guests from all over the world a premium experience that can only be experienced in Uji, Kyoto, Japan. (Limited to 4 days from October 18 to 21, 2023)

Wednesday, October 18 - Saturday, October 21, 2023 Byodoin Temple:18:30 - 20:30/Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store: 18:00〜20:30

Overview of Experience

We will add lights to the majestic appearance of “Byodoin Houou-do”, a World Heritage Site, making it more elegant than usual. Visitors can listen to a live performance of gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) in the garden, which has been designated as a place of scenic beauty in Japan. “The Museum Hoshokan" will be open to up to 800 visitors per day. In addition, a limited number of 40 people will have priority admission and will be offered a top-quality tea ceremony experience at Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store.

This plan allows you to casually enjoy the "highest quality" cultural experience and tea experience that can only be experienced here in Japan. Please enjoy a memorable time in Kyoto by experiencing the city with all your senses.


Contents of Experience

Wednesday, October 18 - Saturday, October 21, 2023

Byodoin Night-time Special visit (with live gagaku music)

  • Viewing of the lighting up of the "Houou-do" in the Byodoin Garden (with live Gagaku music)
  • Admission to "The Museum Hoshokan"

3,000 yen (tax included)


760 persons / day


(1) 18:30 - 19:30 (380 people)
(2) 19:30 - 20:30 (380 people)
*Reception opens 15 minutes before admission / last admission at 20:15

Byodoin nighttime special visit (with live gagaku music) + Tea ceremony at Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store

  • Viewing of the lighting up of the "Houou-do" in the Byodoin Garden (with live Gagaku music)
  • Admission to "The Museum Hoshokan"
  • Experience the highest quality tea ceremony at Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store

6,000 yen (tax included)


40 persons / day


(1) Byodoin 18:30 - 19:30 (20 people)
(2) Byodoin 19:30 - 20:30 (20 people)
*Reception opens 15 minutes before admission / last admission at 20:15 NAKAMURA TOKICHI Byodoin Store 18:00〜20:30
*Please note that the last admission at 20:15 / Please be careful of time allocation with Byodo-in Temple visit.

Details of Experience

The Houou-do illuminated at night © Byodo-in Temple

View the nighttime illumination of the Houou-do while listening to a special Gagaku (traditional Japanese court music) performance.

Visitors are allowed to enter the Byodoin Temple at the scheduled time from in front of the Main Gate (Omote-mon) of the Byodoin Temple.The Byodoin Garden is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty in Japan, and the Hohoudo, illuminated at night, can be viewed from the garden. The National Treasure is exceptionally beautiful when viewed while listening to the ancient Japanese music of gagaku (court music).

Admission to Byodoin “The Museum Hoshokan"

Inside the Hoshokan, a museum located on the Byodoin grounds, visitors can see a number of valuable cultural properties, including the National Treasure Bonbokan (temple bell), the Phoenix and Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu statues, an important cultural property, a standing image of the eleven-faced Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), and Heian period devil tiles.Visitors can also view colorful reconstructed images of the interior of the Houou-do using computer graphics that employ the latest digital technology. Visitors can enter the museum, which is also popular as "another Byodoin" revived by modern science. (Ticket A: 3,000 yen plan ends here)

Exhibits in Hoshokan © Byodoin Temple

Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store ©Nakamura Tokichi Honten

Priority admission and experience the highest quality presented tea at Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store

Purchasers of Ticket B (6,000 yen) will enjoy special priority admission to Byodoin and a tea ceremony experience at Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin store.Limited to 40 people each day, The store along the Uji River will be rented out and visitors will be able to taste the finest quality tea selected by "Nakamura Tokichi Honten".

English-speaking staffing

In order for you to enjoy the delicate culture of Japan without any worries, we have English-speaking staff at each location. Please feel free to contact us if you have any problems.


World Heritage Byodoin Temple

116 Uji-Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan +81-774-21-2861
※For inquiries about this event, please contact JTB Kyoto Chuo Branch +81-75-284-0184

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Nakamura Tokichi Honten Byodoin Store

5-1 Uji-Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021
For inquiries regarding this event, please contact JTB Kyoto Central Branch +81-75-284-0184

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※About Parking Lots

Byodoin does not have a dedicated parking lot.Please use one of several coin-operated parking lots nearby or the privately operated "Uji Parking Lot" in front of the Byodoin South Gate.

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What is the World Heritage Site "Byodoin"?

Byodoin Temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, is located in Uji City in the south of Kyoto Prefecture.The temple is visited by more than one million people a year from Japan and abroad.It was founded in 1052 by Yorimichi Fujiwara, the chief priest of the time, and the Amida-do (now Houou-do) was built the following year in 1053.Houou-do is widely known as the design of the 10-yen coin, and the back of the current 10,000-yen bill features the symbolic image of Houou-do, making it one of the temples that are very familiar to Japanese people.
During the Heian period (794-1185), when Pure Land Buddhism flourished, a popular folk song went around, "If you doubt the existence of the Pure Land of Paradise, go to Byodoin Temple to pray. Many people visited Byodoin and were fascinated by its splendor.One thousand years later, Byodoin has been repeatedly restored and protected by the people, and its precious cultural assets still shine beautifully today.

*Please note that the regular nighttime viewing is held only during special periods and is not held throughout the year. In addition, special arrangements are made only for this event, such as "tea ceremony by Nodate", "Kyo Kaiseki", "Gagaku", "foot lighting", and "multilingual guides".


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What is “NAKAMURA TOKICHI Byodoin Store” ?

NAKAMURA TOKICHI Byodoin Store was born in Uji, Kyoto, one of the leading tea merchants in Japan, and has been in business for about 170 years since 1854.They have combined the spirit and experience of taste, manners, and elegance that underlie the tea culture into a form that fits the times. They are loved throughout Japan for their commitment to enriching the lives of their guests.The NAKAMURA TOKICHI Byodoin Store reopened in September 2022 in a new style based on the concept of the connection between Uji and people.
The building is the former KIKUYA-MANPEKIRO, which is also an Important Cultural Landscape. It is located a few minutes' walk from Byodoin, a World Heritage Site.The restaurant overlooks the Uji River and was loved by successive emperors and many literary figures.The exterior has been preserved in its original Japanese beauty, while the interior has been remodeled in a stylish cafe style. The same magnificent view that has remained unchanged since ancient times is a value that can only be found here.

Byodoin store is usually a self-service cafe. For this event, it is set up and operated in a special way. Please note that we do not normally open at night or offer special matcha or tea sweets.



(A) 3,000 yen (per person/tax included)
(B) 6,000 yen (per person/tax included)
Fee includes: Entrance fee, beverages
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 5 days or more before the event: 50% of the reservation fee
Cancellation 3 days or more before the event: 70% of the reservation fee
Cancellation 1 day before the event: 100% of the reservation fee
What to bring / What to wear
Nothing in particular
Payment method
Credit card Payment in advance
Participation Requirements
6 years old and up (free for children under 6 years old *applicable only for Byodoin temple visit)
Reservation deadline
Until 23:59, ** days prior to the event date *Sales end as soon as the tickets are sold out.
Special Notes and Disclaimer
・The event may be cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.
・Please contact us in advance if you have any food allergies. (Halal, vegan, etc.)
We will take this into consideration when serving the meal.
・Please note that tea and dishes contain high levels of caffeine, so if you have a condition that makes it difficult for you to sleep, please be aware of this before registering.