Casual Tea Ceremony Experience

Sakai Risho no Mori [Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko]

Meet the master of the tea ceremony and enjoy Japanese tea and confectionery

Experience the tea ceremony at the birthplace of Sen no Rikyu, the creator of its foundations, in Sakai, Osaka. See a master perform the “Ryurei tea ceremony” for yourself, using the chair seating arrangement rather than seated on tatami. You will be welcomed with the kind hospitality of a master dressed in a kimono, in a room prepared especially for tea ceremonies, including hanging scrolls and ikebana. There, you can learn about the way of the tea ceremony while enjoying beautiful, seasonal confections and the tea prepared right in front of you. Also in Sakai Risho no Mori you will find an exhibition explaining the history and culture of the tea ceremony, a real tearoom, and the ruins of the mansion house in which Sen no Rikyu was born located opposite, allowing you to learn about and enjoy the world of the tea ceremony. The home of Sakai Risho no Mori, Sakai, Osaka, is also home to Japan's largest kofun, a 486m long keyhole shaped burial mound. The kofun of Emperor Nintoku is on a UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List, and is considered to be Japan's leading ancient cultural heritage zone.

Who is RIKYU?

  • Rikyu was a tea ceremony master who lived around 450 years ago. Rather than seeking lavishness, he emphasised the wabicha method which respects the spirit of wabisabi, the Japanese aesthetic sense of beauty in simplicity. In doing so he laid the foundations for the modern tea ceremony, with its extremes of beauty, motenashi and shitsurai. He also wielded considerable political influence as a tea ceremony master, and is also famous for his dramatic life, ending in seppuku, in honour of his aesthetic.
Sakai Risho no Mori [Ryurei Teicha (At casual “Ryurei” tea ceremonies) (About 20 min)]
¥500 (tax included) / per person
  • * Admission fee not included. Exhibition area paid separately.
Tel. No
072-260-4386Language SupportJapanese
10:00 to 17:00 (final admission: 16:45)
The third Tuesday of each/ every month (following day if holiday),
New Year's holiday (Dec 29 to Jan 3)
  • * A leaflet can be downloaded from the website in English, Chinese (繁・簡) and Korean.
Not required
Guide or Explanations
Japanese (English *By using the panel sheet)
Credit cards
2-1-1 Shukuin-cho nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City Osaka Prefecture