Citizens of Takayama still enjoy tea. Many arts of famous contemporary artists and national assets are displayed. Also, their tea bowls are available for an experimental tea ceremony.

Hida Takayama Chanoyu]no]mori

Hida Takayama is known as the traditional city and citizens of Takayama still enjoy tea.
Many arts of famous contemporary artists and living national treasures are displayed in Chanoyu museum. Also, their tea bowls are available for an experimental tea ceremony in the tea arbor.

Chanoyu museum

Comfortable space to feel Japanese beauty of tea ceremony

Arts possessed and displayed

Chanoyu Museum possesses about 1,600 arts of living national treasures, modern craftsmen, the grand masters of Sado, Senke Jyushoku and many hanging scrolls of historical important people.

In the 1F exhibition room
Comfortable space to feel Japanese beauty of tea ceremony

About 80 works of living national treasures and Raku families are always displayed in turn.

Art of living national treasure

Shino style tea bowl, 1955
by Toyozo Arakawa, the living national treasure

Art of Raku Ware

Red Raku tea bowl , named gOhbeshimih
by Raku Chojirou the First (-1589)

Raku WareHH

Raku ware was developed during the early Momoyama era, 1573`1593, by Ameya, a Chinese, and inherited to his son, Chojirou the First.
At that time, the mass production of ceramics were common using potters wheels, big kilns and ascending kilns. However, Chojirou the First made them by hands, using only a small kiln and bellows. His tea bowls were requested by Sen Rikyu, the grand master of tea ceremony and had completed the spirit of Wabicha. These tea bowls were simple and no decoration to the limits.
Raku wares of Chojirou the First were handed down to his families through 15 generations over 400 years.

Art of Senke Jyushoku

Water jar with chrysanthemums and flowing water design in gold decoration ,named "kokonoe"
by 16th Eiraku Sokuzen (1917-1998)

Senke JyushokuHH

The relation between Sen Family, the grand master of tea, and his designated ten artisans started around the end of 16th century, the early Edo era.
During 18th century, each tea experts wanted their original style in tea things. The relations between tea experts and their exclusive artisans got stronger. Artisans also inherited their technique and developed their original style.

Eiraku Zengorou wind furnaces & ceramics
Ohnishi Seiemon tea kettles
Okumura Kichibei mountings
Kuroda Shougen bamboo works & ladles
Komazawa Risai a joiner
Tsuchida Yuuko cloth works
Nakagawa Jyoueki metal works
Nakamura Soutetsu lacquered wares
Hiki Ikkan lacquered paier-maches
Raku Kichizaemon tea bowls

In the 2F exhibition room

About 40 works of tea things and folding screens of jewel beetles alae are displayed.

Arts of Jewel Beetles

Incense burner

Tenmoku style tea bowl and stand

Arts of Jewel beetlesHH

We possess and display several tens of arts of jewel beetles, which are imitated from Tamamusi No Zushi, the small shrine of jewel beetles. The original Tamamushi No Zushi of Horyuji* Temple is the national treasure and have been made about 1300 years ago, Asuka era.
Alae of jewel beetles brings beautiful iridescence colors on tea things and folding screens.
* Horyuji is the one of the oldest temple in Nara.

Tea arbor, Zuiun-an

In the tea arbor, called Zuiun-an, tea is served using tea bowls, which are made by living national treasures and other famous potters.

Tea and/or meal can be served here.

Ryurei-seki (using tables and stools)

Hiroma (flooring rush mats room)


In detached tea arbor, called Dohkaku-an, which is built using only Japanese yew, presents more elegant atmosphere.
Sets of tea things matched to the seasons are usually displayed.

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