"Urakuen" and the national treasure tea ceremony house "Joan"

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 gJoanh in the garden gUrakuenh
which was built by Urakusai Oda, the younger brother of the very famous Japanese Samurai Nobunaga Oda.

Joan is one of three beautiful gnational treasuredh tea ceremony houses in Kyoto , along with gTaianh and gMittanh.

Joan has been re-located several times, making it resembles the eventful life of Urakusai Oda, himself.

In 1972, it was finally moved and built at the foot of Inuayma castle, where it has remained in Aichi prefecture, homeland of Urakusai Oda.

Someone says Joan is named after his Christian name gJoanh or gJohanh.

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 time.


Open hours :
  • 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)
Access : Located in Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel grounds , east side of Inuyama Castle

TEL : Urakuen 0568-61-4608

Open seven days a week throughout the year