The other day I had the occasion to revisit Cha No Sato/Tea museum in Kanay, Shimada City with a few American friends eager to know all about tea!
the Museum is surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden!
And inside the garden itself stands a traditional tea ceremony Pavillion!
When visiting the Musuum you can purchase a ticket, either for the Museum visit only, the tea ceremony only, or for both!
Kanaya is famous for its all over Japan and the tea fields are very near!
Past the entrance of the Museum you will be able to check the neighboring tea fields on a model!
A model of traditional tea picking ladies!
An old traditional Japanese tea set!
An antique tea pot!
The old traditional of carrying and selling tea in 100 or 1,000 “ryou” bamboo bags!
A Russian samovar!
the entrance to the world tea saloons museum!
Many visitors from mainland China and Taiwan on that day!
The place is replete with tea samples from all over the World!
And yet another display with harvests from all over the World!
A British tearoom of yore!
A Imperial Chinese Tea Saloon!
Inside a Nepalese home!
Solid gold tea set!
Another invaluable antique tea set!
Back to the Nepalese home! (It was particularly crowded with selfies n that day!)
Complete with traditional bed and furniture!
Traditional tribal clothes from Southern China!
A model of the present neighborhood tea fields of Makinohara!
Japanese tea party of yore!
A corner of the Museum has been set apart for trying your hand at making matcha tea powder you can take with you as a souvenir!
Antique Japanese tea processing machines!
Moriyama Tea Set!
Wedgewood Tea Set!
A Ming Dragon pot!
Then it was time to attend a tea ceremony.
The wagashi/Japanese cake of the month was called “No Hana no Kagayaki/the brilliance of a field flower”!
The Tea Ceremony Pavilion!
Walking past the Japanese garden!
A great source of photographs!
I’d love to admire this garden in other seasons!
A special rest area above the water!
The traditional tea ceremony tatami room!
All the matcha tea prepared for each guest!
The matcha tea to be drunk in three sips!
And a beautiful and delicious wagashi cake tp savor between two bowls of matcha tea!
Train: 5 minutes by bus or taxi from Kanaya Station on the JR Tokaido Line.
Car: 10 minutes by car from Sagara/Makinohara I.C. on Tomei Expressway
Or 15 minutes from Ojiro I.C. Bypass
Museum visitor’s regular exhibition fee: 600 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:00 a.m.~5:00 p.m.
Museum and Teahouse visitor fee: 1,00 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:30 a.m.~4:00 p.m.
The teahouse only admission is 500 yen per person (no discount)
Address: The Tea Musuem/Ocanosato, 3053-2, Kanaya, Shimada Shi, Shizuoka Ken, 428-0022 Japan
Closed every Tuesday (the following day when Tuesday is a National Holiday), December 29th~January 3rd.
Parking: free of charge for 9 large buses and 90 cars.
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2 thoughts on “Visit & Tea Ceremony at Cha no Sato/Tea Museum in Kanaya, Shimada City!”
This is a wonderful post! All the different tea sets and being able to make your own matcha….In a couple of weeks from now, when the pollen settles a bit, I am having my Sunday School class over to perform the tea ceremony for them. This is the second time I have done for them and they really enjoy. they are so quiet and savor the tea and the ceremony. I am making little cherry blossom shaped green tea cookies for them to have between the two cups of tea.
Very good and considerate!