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

It is said that this tea room 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.

Highlight of this tea house is ‘Beautiful scenery to look at from a tea room.’


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 room 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 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.

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

‘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.

Information for visitors

Information

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

Open

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, day of Aoi Festival(5/15) and Jidai Festival(10/22).

Time

9:30~15:30

Admission fee

100 yen

Other information

・Please ask temple’s staff where you can take photos and videos.

・Monopod/Tripods and stepladders are prohibited in this building.


Next, let’s see highlights of this tee room!


Highlights of Shusui-tei

拾翠亭の地図

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

拾翠亭*:Shusui-tei*

Appearance of Ahusui-tei.


View from the veranda of the first floor in Shusui-tei.


View from the drawing room of the second floor in Shusui-tei.


A splendid form of the clove is carved in a lattice-window.

庭園*:Garden*

Garden of this tea room is the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden around a big pond).

In old days, it is said that many kingfishers lived in this pond.

四阿(あずまや)*:Azumaya (square gazebo)*

This is Azumaya (square gazebo).


It has the role as a rest station.

九条池:Kujo-ike pond

A pond in front of the tea house is Kujo-ike pond.

Because it has a shape of the Magatama (comma-shaped beads), this pond is also called “Magatama-no-ike (Pond of comma-shaped beads)”.

高倉橋:Takakura-bashi bridge

厳島神社:Itsukushima-jinja

This is the Itsukushima-jinja.

This Shinto shrine has the role as a tutelary shrine of the Kujo Family.

Photo of Shusui-tei


Video of Shusui-tei

京都のお茶室:拾翠亭(京都・上京区):Shusui-tei (Kyoto, Japan)

How to get to Shusui-tei

拾翠亭の地図

Nearest station 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’.


From Osaka Sta. to Marutamachi Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station and change to the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line.

2.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Marutamachi Station.

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From Namba Sta. to Marutamachi Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line from Namba Station to Umeda Station and change to the JR Kyoto Line.

2.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station and change to the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line.

3.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Marutamachi Station.

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From Kyoto Sta. to Marutamachi Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Marutamachi Station.

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From Marutamachi Station (on foot)

It’s about 5 minutes (200m) on foot.


Get on a bus from Kyoto Kawaramachi Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a Kyoto City Bus No.10 from Shijo Kawaramachi [A] bus stop and get off Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi) bus stop.

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


Get on a bus from Gion-shijo Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a Kyoto City Bus No.10 from Shijo Keihan-mae[C] bus stop and get off Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi) bus stop.

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


Get on a bus from Keihan Sanjo Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a Kyoto City Bus No.10 from Sanjo Keihan-mae[A1] bus stop and get off Karasuma Marutamachi (Subway Marutamachi) bus stop.

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


Take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:about 1,800 yen (10 minutes)

From Gion-Shijo Station:about 1,200 yen (about 8 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 (Kyoto Station)


Hotel search & reservation around Shusui-tei


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Have a nice trip!