Uraku-en is a traditional Japanese garden best known for housing the Joan, a teahouse from the early 17th century which is designated as National Treasure and considered as one of the country's finest teahouses. The teahouse was built by Oda Uraku, the younger brother of the warlord Oda Nobunaga and disciple of Japan's most influential tea master Sen-no-Rikyu, who renounced his military caste and lived a seclusive life in a study room in Kyoto.
Oda Uraku originally built his study room and the Joan teahouse in 1618 in the Kennin-ji Temple of Kyoto, but was moved in 1972 to its present location. Nowadays the Joan is surrounded by a beautiful traditional landscape garden which feature large lawns, abundant vegetation, stone pathways and a bamboo forest. Uraku-en Garden also houses a couple more of larger teahouses, in which visitors can experience the taste of green tea prepared and served in a traditional fashion.
Meitetsu Nagoya Station
Inuyama Line Exp.
30 min. 550¥
Inuyama castle can be reached in a 15 to 20 minute walk along the Kiso River from Inuyama Station and Uraku-en Garden is located on the base of the castle.