Rakusuien (Japanese Garden and Tea Pavillion)


There is a corner in the middle of the city lined with office buildings and hotels where the smell of clean air can be enjoyed. It is here that a Hakata merchant Shimozawa Zenemon Chikamasa built his vacation home, called “Rakusuien”, in Meiji Era (1868 - 1912). In 1995, Fukuoka City overhauled the structure and reopened it as a Japanese garden where visitors can experience a tea ceremony; with four tea rooms (two of which are available for use by general visitors) it is often used for tea ceremonies and related training.
Spread out in front of these rooms is a Japanese garden blanketed in bright green moss. The sight of unspoiled Japanese flowers and a grove of trees swaying in the breeze is best taken in with a leisurely cup of green “matcha” tea and sweets.
Towards the interior of the garden, visitors will find a “suikinkutsu”, the garden decoration and musical device. Outdoor tea ceremonies can also be enjoyed in this garden.
In the Autumn, about 100 maple trees add beautiful color to the garden. The trees are best viewed in early December (slightly later than the rest of Fukuoka).

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 812-0018 福岡県福岡市博多区住吉2-10-7
Address 2-10-7 Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-262-6665(楽水園)
Contact Rakusuien
Open 9am - 5pm
Closed Tuesdays (Wednesdays in the event of a holiday)
*Open January 2 and 3 as well as May 4 and 5; closed December 29 - January 1
Price Admissions: Adults (High School Students and Older) - 100 Yen; Children (Elementary and Middle School Students) - 50 Yen; Young Children (Ages 5 and Younger) - Free
“Matcha” Green Tea Set (With Sweets) - 300 Yen
Car Park Available; 12 vehicles, 300 Yen/use
Access By bus - A 2 minute walk from the Nishitetsu “TeleQ Mae” bus stop
Website https://rakusuien.fukuoka-teien.com/

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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