How about spending an nice time at a tea-ceremony room in a Japanese garden near Hakata station, enjoying matcha tea?

Hi! It’s HIDE from “Bura Bura Fukuoka”.
Today I’d like to introduce an elegant Japanese garden called, Rakusuien.
This garden is located in a residential area near Hakata station.
The Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien (池泉回遊式) style of gardening is a line style garden around a large pond, and there is something calm and relaxing about it. Rakusuien is also a popular photographic spot!

2017-04-21   Destinations, Travel Destinations, Fukuoka,

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【CONTENTS】
Take a break at a small, elegant Japanese garden.
Experience the Japanese spirit of harmony in a garden with beautiful seasonal changes.
Listen carefully to the pleasing sounds of splashing from beneath the ground.
Enjoy matcha tea at a traditional tea ceremony room, taking in the view of the Japanese garden.

Take a break at a small, elegant Japanese garden.

I’d like to introduce the Japanese garden Rakusuien. It’s located in a residential area just 12 minutes by foot from Hakata station.
In 1906 the Hakata merchant, Chikamasa Shimozawa-zenemon, contributed to the development of Fukuoka City (Hakata) by building a villa in this area. Fukuoka City rebuilt this villa into a line style garden around a large pond in 1995. “Rakusui” is the pen name of Chikamasa.

The entrance

The pond

Experience the Japanese spirit of harmony in a garden with beautiful seasonal changes.

Hakatabei

The clay wall surrounding the 2900 square meter site of this garden is called “Hakatabei”, and it has a unique external appearance. The feudal lord and chief Imperial minister Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1536-1598), built walls for shrines, temples, and places of commerce after these areas were damaged from war. The clay walls are made with reclaimed burnt rocks and roof tiles. Even though this wall was built from recycled material, it has a cool and distinct design.

A beautiful pond is located in the center of this garden, where you’ll find a lot of colorful carp. Clap your hands by the side of the pond and the carp will swim towards you!

Carp in the pond

The pond also has a small, yet beautiful waterfall where you can feel the cool air that radiates from it. You can also enjoy seasonal changes at an outdoor area for tea ceremonies; vivid greens in summer and red leaves in autumn.

Waterfall

Nodate

Listen carefully to the pleasing sounds of splashing from beneath the ground.

Suikinkutsu

I recommend experiencing “Suikinkutu”, located in the outdoor area for tea ceremonies. This type of musical Japanese garden ornament is buried under the ground and drips water through the hole at the top of a pot onto a small pool of water inside the pot, creating a beautiful splashing sound that rings out.
The transparent sounds will refresh your five senses.

Enjoy matcha tea at a traditional tea ceremony room, taking in the view of the Japanese garden.

There are 4 tea ceremony rooms, including the Rakusui-an tea ceremony room. It was restored to the original state of the Chikamasa tea room. When not in use, you can enjoy matcha tea and Japanese sweets (¥300). It’s a blissful time drinking matcha tea while viewing the wabi-sabi (beauty within simplicity) of the traditional Japanese garden.

woman in the tea-ceremony room

A view from the tea-ceremony room

Matcha and Japanese sweets

Visit this garden to experience the daily life of wealthy merchants in Hakata.

Map

2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

“Hakata machi aruki Bura Bura Fukuoka” offers historical experiences for foreign visitors in Japan, Foreign guides, arrangements for a Kimono wearing experience, and other services.
For more details, please see http://en.burabura-fukuoka.jp/
(Japanese, English, and Chinese websites are available)

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I've started the Hakata City Walk business for foreign tourists since 2015 in Fukuoka prefecture. My dream is to transmit the appeals of Fukuoka and Kyushu where richly endowed with nature, history and culture to the world.

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Address 2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Hours 9:00-17:00
Price Adults: 100 yen (*80 yen)
Children(15yrs and under): 50 yen (*40 yen)
(* ): group rate ※Group must be of 30 or more
Close Closed Tuesdays
Access 12-minute walk from Hakata Exit, Hakata Station,
Phone 092-262-6665
Website http://rakusuien.net/english/