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6, Inuyama, Inuyama-shi, Aichi, 484-0081, Japan
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[March-14 July and September-November] 9:00-17:00; [15 July-August] 9:00-18:00; [December-February] 9:00-16:00
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Date of post:2015/07/23

Quiet and Calm Japanese Garden with Tea Ceremony Houses

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Uraku-en is a Japanese garden with a national treasure called the tea ceremony house Jo-an. You can get there in about 6 minutes’ walk from the Inuyama Castle.

Jo-an was built by Oda Uraku, who was a general and a great master of tea ceremony. Oda Uraku was also a younger brother of a famous Samurai leader, Oda Nobunaga. The tea ceremony house Jo-an is now highly renowned as one of the best tea ceremony houses in history.

The Jo-an is a simple wooden house and is very small. The main room to serve tea for the guest just has three and a quarter tatami mats area. Its appearance and the interior are very simple so that the guests can experience the elegant simplicity and feel the ideal hospitality.

The garden has three other tea ceremony houses and you can look inside of them from the outside.

Experience and enjoy matcha tea at Shodenin Shoin, one of the tea houses. You can drink tea and have a Japanese confectionery at the porch. While having tea, gaze at the quiet and calm garden, and feel the Japanese Wabi-Sabi (the value of simplicity and rustic elegance). Try to drink in the correct manner, too. One manner you can quickly imitate is, to hold the tea bowl up and take a glance on its front face first, and then rotate it a little bit so that you won’t drink from the bowl’s front face. This is to take a good care and not to stain the precious bowl. Every tea bowl has some meanings and is selected to fit the season. You may ask the staff for further right manners.

*Brochures in English/Chinese/Korean are available.
*Taking pictures inside the Jo-an is prohibited.

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