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Shusui-tei (拾翠亭) is a tea house located in Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City.

It is said that this tea house was built in the late Edo period about 200 years ago.
So, it’s a valuable building whose appearance and interior show the architecture of the Edo period.

The highlight of this tea house is ‘Beautiful scenery to look at from a tea-ceremony room.’

The admission fee is only 100 yen.
We can enjoy the splendid tea house and scenery of the garden with one-coin.

In addition, it is located in the center of Kyoto, but is not crowded.
Therefore we can enjoy the scenery slowly here.

So, I visited Shusui-tei this time.

Contents:

  1. History of Shusui-tei
  2. About Shusui-tei
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Shusui-tei
  5. Videos・photos of Shusui-tei
  6. How to get to Shusui-tei
  7. Hotel search & reservation around Shusui-tei

1.History of Shusui-tei

Let’s study the history of this tea house with me before introducing of Shusui-tei (拾翠亭).
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of it more by learning the history of it. XD

It is said that this tea house was built in the late Edo period about 200 years ago.

In the old days, there was the family lineages which have the highest prestige called the “Gosekke (五摂家)“.
In those days, only the Gosekke was able to get important official positions such as the regent and the emperor’s chief adviser.

Even Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉), when he get the official positions of emperor’s chief adviser, he became an adopted child of the Konoe family (近衛家) which is one of the Gosekke.

In this way, Gosekke had very powerful power…!!

Shusui-tei (拾翠亭) was used as a villa of the “Kujo Family (九條家)” which was one of the Gosekke.

‘Shusui (拾翠)’ has the meaning of ‘To collect grass flowers’.
In addition, ‘翠(Sui)’ of the kanji has the meaning of “Kingfisher”.

In old days, because many kingfishers lived in this pond, it is also said that it was named Shusui-tei.
This is a place full of nature from old days.

2.About Shusui-tei

Open:9:30 ~ 15:30
*It is open to the public only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, day of Aoi Festival and Jidai Festival.

Admission fee:100 yen
Address:3, Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0881, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-211-6364

Shusui-tei (拾翠亭) is a tea house located in Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City.
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It is said that this tea house was built in the late Edo period about 200 years ago.
So, it’s a valuable building whose appearance and interior show the architecture of the Edo period.
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It is open to the public only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, day of Aoi Festival and Jidai Festival.
The admission fee is only 100 yen.
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Next, let’s see the highlights of Shusui-tei!!
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3.Information for visitors

・Shusui-tei is open to the public only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, day of Aoi Festival and Jidai Festival.

Monopod/Tripods and stepladders are prohibited in this building.

4.Highlights of Shusui-tei

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

拾翠亭*:Shusui-tei*

This is the Shusui-tei which was built in the late Edo period.
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This tea house was used as a villa of the “Kujo Family (九條家)” which was one of the Gosekke.
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This is the view from the veranda of the first floor of Shusui-tei.
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This tea house is located in the center of Kyoto, but is not crowded.
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This is the view from the drawing room of the second floor of Shusui-tei.
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We can enjoy the scenery here slowly.
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A splendid form of the clove is carved in a lattice-window.
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庭園*:The garden*

The garden of this tea house is the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden around a big pond).
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In old days, it is said that many kingfishers lived in this pond.shusuitei-18

四阿(あずまや)*:Azumaya (square gazebo)*

This is the Azumaya (square gazebo).
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It has the role as a rest station.
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御所九条池:Kujo-ike pond

A pond in front of the tea house is Kujo-ike pond.
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Because it has a shape of the Magatama (comma-shaped beads), this pond is also called “Magatama-no-ike (Pond of comma-shaped beads)”.
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高倉橋:Takakura-bashi bridge

This is the Takakura-bashi bridge.
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厳島神社:Itsukushima-jinja

This is the Itsukushima-jinja.
The torii of this Shinto shrine has a unique shape.
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This Shinto shrine has the role as a tutelary shrine of the Kujo Family.
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5.Videos・photos of Shusui-tei

■YouTube:拾翠亭(京都・上京区):Shusui-tei (Kyoto, Japan) 

■Flickr:拾翠亭:Shusui-tei (20170324)
拾翠亭:Shusui-tei (20170324)

6.How to get to Shusui-tei

How to get to Shusui-tei is as follows.

The nearest station of Shusui-tei is “Kyoto City Subway Karasuma-Line Marutamachi Station”.
(We can also go by bus from ‘Hankyu Kawaramachi Station’, ‘Keihan Gion-Shijo Station’ and ‘Keihan Sanjo Station’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Marutamachi Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Marutamachi Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Marutamachi Station)
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■When you go on foot from Marutamachi Station

It’s about 5 minutes (200m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Kawaramachi [A]:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [A]
Alighting bus stop:Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 19 min

■When you get on a bus from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae[C]:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae[C]
Alighting bus stop:Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 15 min

■When you get on a bus from Keihan Sanjo Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Sanjo Keihan-mae[A1]:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Sanjo Keihan-mae[A1]
Alighting bus stop:Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 10 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:1,570 yen ~ 1,920 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:1,170 yen ~ 1,360 yen (about 10 minutes)

・Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.
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・If you want to call a taxi, let’s show the following phrase.
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[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.

7.Hotel search & reservation around Shusui-tei

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Have a nice trip! XD

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