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Tourist Attractions and Experiences

Sakai Risho no Mori [Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko] (Casual (ryurei) tea ceremony experience)

This is a brand-new sightseeing destination opened up at the first stop on the Sakai Machi Loop bus line. It introduces visitors to the hospitality of tea master Sen no Rikyu and the works of poet Akiko Yosano, both natives of Sakai. You can also try out their cha-no-yu tea ceremony workshop!

Basic information

※The business days/hours are subject to change in order to prevent the spread of infection by COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Please refer to the official website for details.

The start point of the Sakai Machi Loop bus line, this facility is fun for the whole family. The Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, or “Sakai Risho-no-Mori” in Japanese, is a veritable treasure trove packed with the charms of the city. It’s a place to learn about the history, literature, and culture of Sakai city as well as about the lives of tea ceremony grand master Sen no Rikyu and noted waka poet Akiko Yosano, both born in Sakai. You can also enjoy various forms of tea ceremony—savor matcha tea and Japanese sweets while relaxing in a seated position with the Ryurei Table-top Tea Ceremony course, or try out the authentic tea ceremony experience in a tea house facing the Site of Sen no Rikyu’s Residence. After you’ve explored the plaza fully, stop in at the tofu and yuba (tofu curd) shop Umenohana to try out the Rikyu course, a kaiseki-style banquet cuisine offering available only here at Sakai Risho-no-Mori. Also on the grounds is a Starbucks coffee house done with elements of Japanese design and style: Come take a seat on the traditional engawa-style veranda to enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal. The exhibition commentary tablets come in five different languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese (Traditional), and Chinese (Simplified).

  • OPEN

    Sen no Rikyu Cha-no-yu Hall, Akiko Yosano Memorial Hall, Tourist Information Center 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Cha-no-yu Experience Facilities 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • CLOSED

    Sen no Rikyu Cha-no-yu Hall, Akiko Yosano Memorial Hall, Cha-no-yu Experience Facilities: 3rd Tuesday of the month (Wednesday when the 3rd Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
    Tourist Information and Exhibition Room: New Year holidays
    Parking: year-round
  • LOCATION

    2-1-1 Shukuincho Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka 590-0958
  • DIRECTIONS

    1-minute walk from Shukuin Station on the Hankai Line
    Roughly a 10-minute walk or 3- to 5-minute bus ride from Sakai Station on the Nankai Main Line
    Roughly a 6-minute bus ride from Sakaihigashi Station on the Nankai Koya Line

    1-minute walk from the Shukuin bus stop
  • PRICE

    Sen no Rikyu Cha-no-yu Hall | Akiko Yosano Memorial Hall
    Self-tour of Sakai Taiin Tea Room
    Adults (19+) ¥300 (¥240)
    Students 15–18 ¥200 (¥160)
    Children 14 and under ¥100 (¥80)

    *Fee in parenthesis for groups of 10 or more

    Ryurei Table-top Tea Ceremony, a Cha-no-yu Experience *reservation not required
    Adults (19+) ¥500 (¥400)
    Students 15–18 ¥400 (¥320)
    Children 14 and under ¥300 (¥240)
    *Fee in parenthesis for groups of 10 or more

    Chashitsu Tearoom Tea-making, a Cha-no-yu Experience *reservation generally required one month in advance, charged by the hour, for groups of 10 or more
    Adults (19+) ¥500
    Students 15–18 ¥400
    Children 14 and under ¥300

    Individualized Chashitsu Tearoom Tea-making, a Cha-no-yu Experience *by application, charged by the hour
    *Only during the 3rd Sunday of the month, registration has no minimum number of participants

    Sakai Taian Special Admission Set (incl. exhibition admission, Ryurei Table-top Tea Ceremony) *by application, charged by the hour
    Adults (19+) ¥1,000 (¥800)
    Students 15–18 ¥800 (¥640)
    Children 14 and under ¥500 (¥400)
    *Fee in parenthesis for groups of 10 or more
  • ATTENTION1

    Credit cards : accepted
  • ATTENTION2

    Reservation : Not required
  • CONTACT

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

    072-260-4386
  • FAX

    072-260-4725
  • LANGUAGES

    Japanese(English information panel available)
  • URL

    http://www.sakai-rishonomori.com/

This facility showcases the life history, character, and achievements of two enormously famous figures from Sakai: Sen no Rikyu, who saw great success with the tea ceremony, and poet Yosano Akiko, a leading figure who helped shape modern Japanese literature. In addition, the plaza serves as a spot where tourists can learn about the history and culture of Sakai, while also engaging in various hands-on experiences. The Sen no Rikyu Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) Museum offers visitors an opportunity to experience the three schools of tea descended from tea master Sen no Rikyu: Omotesenke, Urasenke, and Mushakojisenke. Matcha and Japanese sweets may be enjoyed while sitting in chairs, and instructions for serving tea are given inside of a simulated tea house. Tours are also given inside the Sakai Tai-an, a reconstruction of the Tai-an teahouse designed by Sen no Rikyu that went on to receive designation as Japanese national treasure.

Meanwhile, the Yosano Akiko Museum features a model of the Western-style home where the poet was born as the third daughter of a family who ran the Japanese confectionery Surugaya. Also on offer are images and recordings allowing visitors to experience the world of poetry, and an exhibition featuring the artistic process of bookbinding. The venue is also home to a tourist information space featuring spots of interest around Sakai.

For more information, contact:

Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko

2-1-1 Shukuin-cho Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City,

Osaka 590-0958

Tel: +81-72-260-4386

  • Restaurant Available
  • Parking Available
  • Barrier Free

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