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HAKUUN-DO tea garden

Let ancient Japanese culture into your soul

Created in the early Taisho Period (1912-1926) by Donno (Masuda Takashi, the Baron who established the Matsui Concern), said to be the greatest tea master since Sen-no-Rikyu, this is a rare tea house with a country house atmosphere, which is what Donno intended. In 1922 the tea garden was left to Sankei (Hara Tomitaro, a Yokohama tycoon and serious art collector), who added the TAIJI-SAI. In 1940 the tea garden was given to Jian(Matsunaga Yasuzaemon, a major figure in the electricity sector and the founder of the Matsunaga collection). This is how, over the years, the tea room was passed down through three major tea masters of the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras.

Tea ceremony

Famous for its tea ceremony, HAKUUN-DO tea garden is popular among young people and visitors from overseas as a friendly place where they can experience Japanese culture. It’s an open secret that matcha tea power and a pack of tea confectionary cost only ¥700.

Tea ceremony performance
Powdered tea and confection fee: ¥700
Open hours
Morning 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Afternoon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • FUSEN-ANOugi Rodo major works

    This is a 2¾ tatami mat room with a 4½ mat ‘yoritsuki’ waiting room attached, the waiting room doubling as a sitting room for accompanying people. The external pent roof is long and low to prevent too much brightness inside. Therefore the ‘crawl-through doorway’ was deemed unnecessary and removed, and the ceiling was clad in chestnut wood shingles to create a more authentic mountain villa feel. The cladding was not applied in the traditional way, and free-style detailing can be seen in many places.

  • HAKUUN-DO

    A prime example of a ‘country house’ setting popular among recent generations of tea masters, this consists of an eight-mat tea room in the style of an old mountain villa. The design of the borderless tatami around the ‘irori’ (sunken hearth) is in line with the freely designed frameless tea utensils used here. The alcove post(s), from Matsunaga’s time, are made of wood used 1,000 years ago in Taima-dera in Nara.

  • TAIJI-SAItea room cum living area

    A tea room built by the second owner Sankei (Tomitaro Hara), facing Daimonjiyama, decorated with the name 'TAIJI-SAI' in Donno's own hand. The 8-mat room has a 4-mat preparation area attached.

  • Chabana-enHAKUUN-DO tea garden annex

    Chabana-en, situated behind the HAKUUN-DO Chaseki(tea rooms) complex, is a flower garden from which flowers for the tea room are collected. Different flowers bloom in each season. There are species which are commonly used in tea rooms, and other rare varieties to color the seasons.