Japanese Tea House and Garden

Would you like to experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony in a tea house setting? You may schedule a private demonstration at Boukakuan at a time which is convenient for you. We can easily accommodate up to five people. Arrive early, feed the koi, and stroll through the garden before entering the tea house where you’ll be served a traditional sweet before receiving a bowl of green tea.

We ask that appointments be made at least  a week  in advance.


In addition, we are often requested to present Tea Ceremony demonstrations at other venues in the Delaware Valley. Check out our calendar for upcoming presentations at Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Onsen for All in Princeton, New Jersey, and other sites in the area.

We can bring the Japanese Tea Ceremony to you.  We offer presentations geared to your needs.  We can tailor our presentations for museums/academic settings as well as for corporate team building workshops or garden parties.


Perhaps you are interested in knowing more about the historical context in which the Japanese Tea Ceremony developed or about the various utensils that are used in its presentation. You might want to broaden your understanding of how flowers are selected and arranged for use in a tearoom or how Japanese gardens are constructed. You might even want to learn about the various foods that are served during the more formal tea ceremonies or about the sweets that are served at each tea. Lectures on these and other topics may be arranged.


After attending a tea demonstration and/or lecture, you might want to sign up for lessons. Boukakuan offers a course of study in the Urasenke tradition for beginners as well as instruction for more advanced students.  Typically, the beginners course consists of ten lessons, at the end of which, a student will not only be skilled at making and serving a bowl of tea to a guest but will also be prepared to receive and drink tea as a guest. Lessons are available for individuals and small groups.