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Tai An was built in the Oyamazaki area of Kyoto near Uji, where the best tea leaves are grown. It is considered as a national treasure. It was built during the Momoyama Period (1582). It is said that the teahouse was built to help Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s meeting with the other samurai after the death of Oda Nobunaga. It has a great interesting history. Tai An tea house in Kyoto is an architectural heritage of nation. It is an incredible masterpiece of Japanese culture, that’s why it is strongly recommended to visit.
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Ihoan tea hut
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Ihoan tea hut is located near the edge of central Kyoto. It is located inside Kodaiji Temple. It was designed by Kobori Enshu, who was an architect and master Zen gardener. Ihoan tea hut is also known as the “Cottage of ingering Fragrance” and is a representative of kodaiji temple’s tea ceremony archchetecture
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Shosei-en is a garden located in the center of Kyoto. This garden is the detached garden and property of Higashi Honganji Temple. It is believed to have been created in 1641, although some debate it is even older then that, but no matter what you believe the current gardener was built in the 19th century after it was burned down in two fires in 1858, and 1864. This Garden has many beautiful sights such as the garden pond Ingetsu-chi, the covered bridge Kaitoro, Minamoto no Toru Memorial Tower, the plum orchard sob-en, and many more just waiting for you to see. The Garden has different hours from March to October and from November to February. From March to October it is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. From November to February it is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm. From Kyoto station it is only a 12 minute walk to arrive at the station.
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Ōkōchi Sansō Tea Garden
Photo by M_StrasserŌkōchi Sansō is located in Arashiyama. It was once the residence of Ōkōchi Denjirō a famous film star of early Japanese cinema. It is a beautiful garden that has many unique features. Such as the Myōkō-an Hall, Ōkochi enjiro Museum, Jibutsu-dō hall, and more. I has one of the best views in of of Kyoto to look over the city.
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Ichiriki Chaya Tea House
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Ichiriki Chaya is located in the east of Kyoto in the Gion district. It has the 300 year-old history, and has been a center of the Gion district for centuries. It has been the center of political intrigue for many historic events. 47 samurai have been at the center of the plotting of the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Ichiriki Chaya location
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Shokin-tei is located in the west of Kyoto. This tea house is located in the Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa, which is one of Japan’s most important national treasures. Shokin-tei is the most important out of the four tea houses at this imperial villa. This tea house is also known because it has a very unique blue and white checker pattern on the sliding door and tokonoma of the first room.
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