This Museum in Japan Is Home to Several Tea Gardens
Prepare for an enriching travel experience.
SHOWA ART MUSEUM
4-1 Shiomi Town, Showa District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays
How to get there: It’s a 10-minute walk from Irinaka Station.
Japan is recognized worldwide as the country where sushi, wagyu, and zen meditation originated. However, there’s more to Japanese culture than just its food and practices. In fact, opportunities are increasing for foreign tourists to deepen their knowledge on Japanese customs by participating in activities such as tea ceremonies and Japanese calligraphy.
Apart from this, tourists can also visit various museums, like the Showa Art Museum, where they can get a good grasp of what Japan’s culture is really like. The private art museum’s artworks are mainly devoted to tea ceremonies.
The museum’s building was built in 1935 and features a series of arches in its exterior design.
In 1978, Mr. Kozo Goto worked hard to develop the industry in Nagoya before the war and opened the Showa Art Museum for the purpose of promoting education and culture. The museum holds about 800 tea utensils and books, including four important cultural properties that were formerly included in his private collections.
You’ll appreciate the fact that the museum displays 30 to 40 collections at a time and replaces the other items three times throughout the year.
Nanzan juso blends into nature and offers a calm space for tourists.
Nanzan juso, a designated cultural asset of the Aichi Prefecture, is located in the garden next to the museum’s main building. It consists of several tea rooms and a shoin (study room), which were relocated from the residence of Noritsuna Watanabe, a karo (chief retainer) at the Owari Domain during the late Edo period and a tea ceremony master.
The Nejikago-no-Seki (twisted basket seat) is known for being a prestigious tea room. It is only open to the public seven times a year. Those who wish to visit the room would have to make reservations in advance. On the other hand, there are some days that the public need not make reservations when visiting Nanzan juso.
The Twisted Basket Seat room is solemn and elegant.
The tea garden is surrounded with nature.
The well-tended garden features a natural forest surrounding a pond. The color of the landscape differs according to the four seasons. Overall, it spans about 2,200 tsubo.
There are plenty of places to see at the tea garden such as the Ugouan tea room, which was relocated in 1955, and the Koshikake Machiai (waiting shed).
The entrance gate of the Nanzan juso is famous for its unique oblique roof structure. When walking around, you can enjoy the beauty of the natural forest.
During autumn, the plants in the garden are either color red or yellow.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (19 September 2018)