Japanese Tea Foundation Course Online


Are you interested in Japanese tea and would like to learn more about it? The Japanese Tea Foundation Course may be just what you are looking for!

The tea course covers a wide variety of topics from Japanese tea history and tea production to different tea kinds in Japan and their components. You will also be able to learn how to prepare several Japanese teas, such as Gyokuro, Matcha, Hojicha, etc.; and understand how to properly store them.

Participation in this tea course will help you build a solid foundation on Japanese tea, that will bring more confidence when engaging with tea in various ways. Together let’s take your tea passion to the next level!


Course Format and Topics

The course consists of 2h x 4 weekly tea classes and is held English by the association founders – Simona Suzuki and Anna Poian. To ensure interactive and personable experience the tea course is limited to 5 people and is held live over Zoom. After the successful completion of the course, students will receive the course certificate. The course includes the topics below.

  • Japanese Tea History
  • Japanese Tea Farming and Processing
  • Japanese Tea Kinds:
    • Gyokuro
    • Sencha
    • Matcha
    • Hojicha
    • Genmaicha
  • Tea Components and Health Benefits
  • Japanese Tea Brewing and Tasting
  • Japanese Tea Storing


Graduate Voices


David from Sweden, 2021 course

“Fantastic course! I have been looking for something like this for years so a big thank you for providing it in this great internationally available format.”

Lilia form the USA, 2020 course

“I appreciate this opportunity to learn; it was very hands-on, interactive and a memorable experience. Thank you very much!”

Csilla from Hungary, 2020 course

“Great introductory course into Japanese tea. Enjoyed the shared tea preparation and actual tastings, and the discussions about our individual experience of it. Thank you for the opportunity.”


Dates & Times 

June 2024 Course 1: 11pm-1am on 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June (Japan time, UTC+09:00)

July 2024 Course 1: 10am-12pm on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd July (Japan time, UTC+09:00)
July 2024 Course 2: 5pm-7pm on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd July (Japan time, UTC+09:00) (Fully Booked)

August 2024 Course 1: 2pm-4pm on 30th July, 6th, 13th and 20th August (Japan time, UTC+09:00)
August 2024 Course 2: 9pm-11pm on 20th, 27th August, 3rd, 10th September (Japan time, UTC+09:00)

*If you would like to check the time in your timezone, you can use a free tool like world time buddy. You can even select a specific date, to help avoid unexpected seasonal time.


Course Fee

Regular fee ¥56,900
Member fee ¥54,900 (for Tea Fellows)
Regular fee excluding teaware ¥35,900 (If you can confirm that you have all the necessary items. Please send us pictures of your teaware before the registration)
Member fee excluding teaware ¥33,900 (for Tea Fellows) (If you can confirm that you have all the necessary items. Please send us pictures of your teaware before the registration)


What Is Included

  • 4 live course sessions
  • Course handbook and slides
  • High grade Japanese teas needed during the course for tea brewing and evaluation
  • Teaware from famous regions in Japan, needed during the course that will also be useful long after the course (valued at ¥21,000):
    • Tokoname kyusu with ceramic filter x 2
    • Minoyaki sencha cups x 6
    • Minoyaki matcha bowl x 1
    • Takayama chasen x 1
    • Takayama chashaku x 1
    • Ceramic display plates x 5
    • Set of bamboo chopsticks x 1
  • The book ‘Japanese Tea: A Comprehensive Guide’ personally signed by the author and course instructor
  • Shipping to your address
  • Certificate upon successful course completion and passing of the exam

*The visual appearance of the teaware items may differ from the image.



To register please select the course below and complete the payment. Please register only if you are available to attend all 4 sessions of the course.


Cancelation Policy

  • More than 30 days prior to the course start date: full refund (excluding transaction fees)
  • 30 days prior to the course start date: no refund