Urakuen Garden 有楽苑
A garden filled with otherworldly charm
Urakuen Garden sits at the foot of Inuyama Castle and is the site of Jo-an, a teahouse and a designated National Treasure.
The Jo-an Teahouse was originally built in 1618
Originally located as part of a temple complex in Kyoto, it was moved in 1972
The area is particularly stunning in autumn
How to Get There
The garden is just a 10-minute walk from Inuyama-Yuen Station (on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line) or 15 minutes from Inuyama Station.
From Nagoya Station , take the Meitetsu-Limited Express to Inuyama Station.
War and tea
Inuyama is a city steeped in samurai history. Built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, a disciple of legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu and the younger brother of the fearsome warlord Oda Nobunaga, the teahouse Jo-an is considered a masterpiece of early Edo-period architecture and a beautiful example of 17th century refinement.
Built to reflect the atmosphere of a tea ceremony
The garden is designed with the aesthetic of the tea ceremony in mind. As you wander through the bamboo groves and down the stone-paved paths, you can feel the sense of stillness and serenity that the Japanese art of tea instills.
Explore further by taking part in a ceremony nearby
Entry to the Jo-an teahouse is restricted. But matcha is served in the garden for a fee. You can also enjoy a Japanese tea and sweet set served on locally-made china.
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