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  • Urakuen Japanese garden / National Treasure teahouse Jo-an
  • Urakuen Japanese garden / National Treasure teahouse Jo-an
  • Urakuen Japanese garden / National Treasure teahouse Jo-an

Inuyama’s Samurai Tea Room Treasure

Urakuen Japanese garden / National Treasure teahouse Jo-an

The ancient castle town of Inuyama just north of Nagoya must be the only place in the world featuring two National Treasures, once owned by two brothers from two different worlds.

Inuyama is home to National Treasure Inuyama Castle, once owned by the warlord Oda Nobunaga. Nearby is the Jo-an Teahouse, an early 17th century teahouse, built by tea-master Oda Uraku, younger brother of Nobunaga. Considered a masterpiece of architecture, the Jo-an tearoom was originally built in 1618 in the grounds of the Kennin-ji, a temple in Kyoto. It was relocated to Tokyo and later Kanagawa before finally coming to Inuyama in 1972, where it became part of the Urakuen gardens (also spelled Uraku) in the grounds of the luxurious Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel.

Urakuen Japanese garden / National Treasure teahouse Jo-an

The small teahouse was designated a National Treasure in 1951 and is one of Japan’s three finest teahouses. Simple in its design in accordance with Tea Ceremony rules, it has a low, wooden shingle capped roof covering soft-yellowed walls of wattle and daub clay covered bamboo lattices. The samurai would remove their swords and leave them on the rack outside. (The shorter wakizashi swords would be worn at all times.) Crawling into the main room through the Nijiriguchi, a tiny door to remind them they are entering a simpler world, they would then sit on their folded legs in the furniture bare tea room measuring just two and a half tatami mats in size.Meanwhile the master would prepare the tea in the three mat Mizuya room. A fine example of a special kind of window, known as an Uraku-mado, featuring a closely fitted “mat” of bamboo can also be seen here.

See the Oda Nobunaga held National Treasure Inuyama Castle, then see his younger brother’s tea room, the National Treasure Jo-an. Two National Treasures, owned by two brothers from two different worlds, in the one area, Inuyama.

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Location : 〒484-0081
1, Gomonsaki, Inuyama-City, Aichi
Opening
days / hours
: 9:00 to 17:00
*opening hours may vary by seasons
Parking : 140 parking spaces
Holidays : Open everyday
Phone number : 0568-61-4608

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitestu Inuyama Line. Alight at Inuyama Yuen Station and 7minutes walk.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    35 minutes from Meishin Expressway Komaki I.C.

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