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8-3 Kosho-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
+81 76-221-0181
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Ranked #21 of 69 Attractions in Kanazawa
Type: Gardens
Description: This 300-year-old garden has a tearoom that offers a serene setting for sipping green tea and eating sweet bean cakes.
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Odense, Denmark
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We were able to participate in a tea ceremony at Gyokusen-en Garden. It was a great experience and the two ladies who hosted it were so sweet and welcoming, and spoke fluently engish. Would definitely recommend! The garden itself is beautiful and definitily worth a visit even if not attending the tea ceremony.

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Beautiful garden, wonderful family, incredible tea ceremony. Plus fireflies in the garden during the night!

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Berlin, Germany
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

You should really go for their tea ceremony! We wanted to enjoy and experience a tea ceremony in Japan. We did not know where to do this. We then decided to come to this place and it was a perfect decision! We were the only guests at this time and really andjoyed the nice atmosphere of the garden that we... More

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Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We had a lovely tea ceremony at Gyokusen-en, just me and my husband and our host. She walked us through the appropriate expressions and actions and afterwards explained the symbolic significance of each item and step and answered all our questions. It was a highlight of our trip!

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Hong Kong, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

This garden is very nice. Green in Spring, Colorful in Summer, Red in Autumn, and White in Winter. All different~ would like to see more...

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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

This garden is a treasure. We have seen it in 2 seasons, and its design ensures that it is beautiful at all times. The multitude of stone lanterns are alone worth seeing. The whole garden is a lesson on how to plan variety and beautiful effects in a reasonable small space. The use of water, stone, trees, architecture and plants... More

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Toronto, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
70 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This garden is a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It is tiny but beautiful and full of inspiration. Someone really knew what they were doing when they built this. The tea ceremony cost a fair buck but proved to be worth it. We were knocked out by the sincerity of the lady who conducted it and... More

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New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Graceful madam there speaks perfect English. Historical house itself is worth watching.

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Victoria, Canada
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

My husband and I phoned 2 days in advance to make a reservation for the formal tea ceremony based on the recommendation in Frommer's Japan and reiterated by a friend who had visited Kanazawa in October. We were greeted at the front entrance by a lovely, gentle kimono-clad lady speaking English—she gave us a wonderful introduction to the garden's history... More

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