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Visit & Tea Ceremony at Cha no Sato/Tea Museum in Kanaya, Shimada City!

The other day I had the occasion to revisit Cha No Sato/Tea museum in Kanaya, Shimada City with a few American friends eager to know all about tea!

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The Museum is surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden!

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And inside the garden itself stands a traditional tea ceremony Pavillion!
When visiting the Museum you can purchase a ticket, either for the Museum visit only, the tea ceremony only, or for both!

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Kanaya is famous for its tea all over Japan and the tea fields are very near!

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Past the entrance of the Museum you will be able to check the neighboring tea fields on a model!

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A model of traditional tea picking ladies!

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An old traditional Japanese tea set!

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An antique tea pot!

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The old traditional of carrying and selling tea in 100 or 1,000 “ryou” bamboo bags!

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A Russian samovar!

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The entrance to the world tea saloons museum!

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Many visitors from mainland China and Taiwan on that day!

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The place is replete with tea samples from all over the World!

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Another display!

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And yet another display with harvests from all over the World!

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A British tearoom of yore!

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An Imperial Chinese Tea Saloon!

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Inside a Nepalese home!

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Solid gold tea set!

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Another invaluable antique tea set!

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Back to the Nepalese home! (It was particularly crowded with selfies n that day!)

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Complete with traditional bed and furniture!

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Traditional tribal clothes from Southern China!

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A model of the present neighborhood tea fields of Makinohara!

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Japanese tea party of yore!

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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!

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Antique Japanese tea processing machines!

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Moriyama Tea Set!

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Wedgewood Tea Set!

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A Ming Dragon pot!

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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”!

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The Tea Ceremony Pavilion!

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Walking past the Japanese garden!

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A great source of photographs!

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I’d love to admire this garden in other seasons!

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A special rest area above the water!

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The traditional tea ceremony tatami room!

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All the matcha tea prepared for each guest!

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The matcha tea to be drunk in three sips!

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And a beautiful and delicious wagashi cake to savor between two bowls of matcha tea!

Access:
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: 1,000 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/Ocha no Sato, 3053-2, Kanaya, Shimada Shi, Shizuoka Ken, 428-0022 Japan
Tel: (81)0547-46-5588
Fax: (81)0547-46-5577
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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