Japanese Incense and Tea Experience - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Japanese Incense and Tea Experience

$50 per person
2 hours
Up to 6 people
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$50 per person
Seattle, Washington
What We’ll Do

During this experience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see and smell multiple rare types of incense in the Japanese tradition of Koh-Do, The Way of Incense. You will purify yourself at a water basin before entering the tea room, where you will learn how to receive Japanese matcha tea in the traditional manner of Chanoyu, or The Way of Tea. Through this experience, you will have a rare chance to look into the secrets of these ancient ceremonies, which help us realize peace and tranquility in our turbulent modern lives.

Where We’ll Be

This event will be conducted in the transformed space of our urban Buddhist Temple. You will be led through multiple rooms made of Japanese shoji paper screens and Japanese tatami straw mats. Although our temple is located deep in the heart of urban Chinatown, you’ll experience a peaceful and uplifting adventure that will bring you more deeply into the present.

About Your Host

Hi. I'm Kanjin, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I'm the head Buddhist priest and founder of Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. At the age of 18, I began studying Buddhism and eventually became a priest of the Nichiren Shu tradition. For the past ten years, I’ve studied with Bonnie Mitchell Sensei and Tim Olson in the Urasenke tradition of Japan. I have special permission and formal licenses to share and instruct others the traditions of incense and tea within our lineage.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

Please tell us if you have any allergies or dietary issues. Also, if you are unable to sit on the ground we will prepare a chair for you.

Group Size

There are 6 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to Bring
  • Please wear clean white socks or tradtional Japanese tabi socks. Also, this is a Buddhist Temple, so please wear appropiate and respectful clothing.
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

What We’ll Provide

Japanese Traditional Tea Sweet


Food, drinks.


We will give you a special ofuda (tailisman), as is traditional when you visit a Buddhist temple in Japan.

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