"Urakuen" and the national treasure tea ceremony
Urakuen is a
Japanese traditional garden located on the grounds of Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel,
east of Inuyama castle.
There is a tea ceremony house, considered a
national treasure, called gJoanh in the garden gUrakuenh
which was built by
Urakusai Oda, the younger brother of the very famous Japanese Samurai Nobunaga
Joan is one of three beautiful gnational treasuredh tea ceremony
houses in Kyoto , along with gTaianh and gMittanh.
Joan has been
re-located several times, making it resembles the eventful life of Urakusai Oda,
In 1972, it was finally moved and built at the foot of Inuayma
castle, where it has remained in Aichi prefecture, homeland of Urakusai
Someone says Joan is named after his Christian name gJoanh or
It is said that there
are over 500 kinds of plants used for flower arrangements in the tea ceremony.
Chabanaen(tea flower garden) in Urakuen grows about 300 kinds of tea
flowers for each season.
You can enjoy different scenery in the garden
in each of the four seasons.
Shodenin shoin (study
room) stands in the garden Urakuen, a retirement house for Urakusai Oda,
designated as an important cultural property.
You can have green tea
with Japanese sweets (for an additional 500 yen) sitting on the veranda of the
southern side of Shodenin shoin and enjoy the beautiful garden view.
Although we are not allowed to actually enter the houses, there is a
chance to see the inside of Joan and Shodenin Shoin for several days in March
and November every year ; they are open to the public during this period of
Open hours :
Access : Located in Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel grounds , east side of
- 9:00am to 5:00pm
- 9:00am to 4:00pm (1st-Dec to 27th-Feb)
- 9:00am to 6:00pm (15th-Jul to 31st-Aug)
TEL : Urakuen 0568-61-4608
Open seven days a week
throughout the year
- 1,000 yen
- 1,200 yen for a ticket,
including two national treasures ( Joan & Inuyama castle)