A Place to Experience the Heart of Tea

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(Heaven within a jar)

The term Kochu (“within a jar”) comes from a passage in an ancient Chinese book and refers to “another world separate from this earthly one.” Visit us in Shigaraki and take a moment to get away from your daily life to recover your true self.
−Our studio and tearoom were given the name Kochu-an (“Arbor within a Jar”) by Abbot Hotani Komei of the historic Zen temple Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. We, at Kochu-an, welcome you with the spirit of hospitality based on the “heart of tea” (cha no kokoro).





First, please join us
for a bowl of matcha.

What image comes to mind when you hear chado, the Way of Tea?
Chado often has the stereotype of being a rigid, difficult practice full of etiquette and having to sit on your knees. Originally, however, the Way of Tea is an activity to be enjoyed and filled with interesting conversations.
If you haven’t experienced tea practice, please visit us at Kochu-an to explore this tradition. Enjoy the aesthetics of the season and heart of wa, tranquility, throughout the year at Kochu-an!


Seasonal Chaji

Chaji are formal tea gatherings that include a multi-coursed meal and represent the core of tea practice. Based on the spirit of ichi-go ichi-e, “once in a lifetime,” the host creates a special ambiance for guests to savor a bowl of tea.




●TEL 0748-82-1133
●mail  contact@kochu-an.com

Chaji celebrating seasonal changes are held at Kochu-an throughout the year-from the kuchikiri (opening the seal of the tea jar) gathering, in which the new tea of the year is first used, to the late-autumn nagori (last remaining tea) gathering, at which the remaining tea of the previous year is enjoyed.

◎Morning tea ceremony and noon tea ceremony … 20,000 yen~ each (Tax not included)
◎Evening tea ceremony … 25,000 yen~ (Tax not included)

For more information, please email us at contact@kochu-an.com


Tea Kaiseki and
Ceramics-Making Experience

At Kochu-an, you can learn the joys of creating ceramics and enjoy seasonal flavors and a bowl of tea! Come visit us and spend a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.



■ 一日コースの例



●TEL 0748-82-1133
●mail  contact@kochu-an.com

One-day Class
(ceramics class and an informal tea kaiseki meal)
15000 yen~ (Tax not included)

Approximately 5-hour class, including making Shigaraki ceramic ware (approximately 2 hours).
It’s easy to forget our daily troubles and get absorbed when kneading clay. Not to mention, how much more fun it is to wait for your finished product while enjoying a delicious multi-coursed kaiseki meal. How about making a little “detour” about an hour’s drive outside Kyoto?

【One-day Course】

>Ceramic lesson:
How about trying your hand at making Shigaraki ware? (*Glazing and firing will be done at Rakunyu Ceramic Studio)
>Mini-kaiseki meal:
Enjoy seasonal delights and heart-warming hospitality! Dishes are served on ceramic ware handmade at the Rakunyu Ceramic Studio.
>Enjoy a bowl of tea:
After your kaiseki meal, enjoy friendly conversations as we offer you a bowl of matcha. Relax in the gentle warmth of our tearoom surrounded by the subtle fragrance of tea and incense.

*The schedule for this course can be somewhat flexible, depending on whether you would like to spend more time in the ceramics studio or if you prefer to sit on a chair rather than on tatami mats for tea. Please let us know if you have a preference.


Tea Lessons

We offer tea lessons in the Omote Senke tradition at Kochu-an. The motive to start tea practice vary. Perhaps you want to learn about Japanese culture, eat delicious tea sweets, or wear kimono. Whatever your motive, how about starting tea lessons with us in a relaxing, friendly setting?




Our lessons include practicing usucha (thin tea), sumidemae (charcoal procedure), and koicha (thick tea), based on the flow of an actual chaji, or formal tea gathering. We hope to familiarize you with the Way of Tea so that you can invite your friends to your home for tea. If you want to learn to make tea sweets, come a little early to join us in preparing these delicious treats!

【Tea Lessons】
*Mondays and Thursdays and Saturdays (schedule subject to change)
*From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (please bring your own lunch)
*Fee: 10,000 yen/month

First timers are welcome to observe or try a lesson. Please contact us for more information.
Sitting seiza (on your knees) is optional.


Tea Caddy Pouch

Would you like a new pouch custom-made for the utensil you cherish?
At Kochu-an, we look forward to your order for a custom-tailored pouch for your tea caddy.
A basket that contains tea ceremony implements is also available; you can easily enjoy tea wherever you are.



As you like it:
Custom tailoring a tea caddy pouch

We make pouches “in formal attire,” of course, using materials like gold brocade, silk damask, and striped kanto fabrics. We also offer a pouch that conveys a more casual feeling — for example, cotton lined with chintz, as a second or even third covering — a “change of attire,” if you will, for the same utensil.

●お仕立ての例Examples of custom tailoring

(左) 片身替わり 紹鷗緞子/烏丸風通(右) 表:古代木綿 裏:大正更紗

(left) half & half: Jōō style damask / rooster in circle surrounded by same rooster-design woven in fūtsu style (in reversed colors)
(right) outer fabric: ancient cotton; lining: Taisho chintz

(左) 大内金襴緞子(右) 表:古代木綿 裏:大正更紗

(left) Ōuchi gold-brocade damask(right) outer fabric: ancient cotton; lining: Taisho chintz

(左) シリアモール段紋(右) 表:古代木綿 裏:大正更紗

(left) Syria chenille striped pattern with gold thread designs(right) outer fabric: ancient cotton; lining: Taisho chintz

Other tailoring with fabrics of your choice



Example of custom tailoring

Making a made-in-Britain tie into a tea caddy pouch
We retailored a father’s favorite tie that had been left to his daughter.
It became a cherished memento for the daughter who couldn’t use the tie the way it was.
We’re prepared to tailor a one-of-a-kind pouch, consulting with the customer on his/her desire and preference.
Just ask us!

To our customers who wish to have a pouch custom tailored



●TEL 0748-82-1133
●mail  contact@kochu-an.com

Tailoring of a pouch (including the price of fabric)
20,000 yen~ (Tax not included)

We tailor to our customer’s wishes, using the fabric that conveys his/her feelings and preference.



Small but full-fledged
Kochu-an’s “tea basket”

We have assorted, though small-sized, high-quality implements, compactly packed.
Whether it’s your living room or a park, you’ll need only this “tea basket” and a heat source for hot water, and you’ll be in a place to enjoy tea.

・お茶碗(信楽焼 楽入陶房) 大・小 各一椀
・棗(琉球塗) 一合
・へだて 三枚
・茶杓(貝製) 一本
・茶筅 一本
・建水(金属製) 一個
・降り出し 一個


・Tea bowls (Shigaraki ware, Rakunyū Ceramic Studio), one large bowl and one small bowl
・One tea caddy (Ryukyu lacquerware)
・Three cloth separators
・One tea scoop (made of shell)
・One tea whisk
・One container (metal) for water that has been used in the tea ceremony
・One confectionery shaker
・Everything contained in a woven ata reed basket

信楽 壺中窯「楽入陶房」

Shigaraki Kochu Kiln,
Rakunyu Ceramic Studio

Japan has six early kiln sites that produced varying types of ceramic ware, including Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Shigaraki, Tanba, and Bizen.
While being influenced by traditional Japanese techniques and cultural goods from China and the Korean Peninsula, each region established their respective styles. From the Momoyama period (1583–1600), these ceramic wares came be used in tea practice and cherished by many tea practitioners.
At Kochu-an, we continue to seek the fascination and possibilities of Shigaraki ware from vessels integrated in daily life to formal tea utensils.

保庭楽入 略歴

2002年12月、大徳寺管長 福富雪底老師より陶印を賜り、三代目保庭楽入襲名。穴窯を築窯、古信楽から近代茶陶の研究に専念、現在に至る。

Honiwa Rakunyu III Bio

1965 Born in Shigaraki (May 5)
1990 Started studying under Honiwa Rakunyu II
1995 Started tea practice
2002 Received ceramic seal from Zen Master and Chief Abbot of Daitoku-ji Temple, Fukutomi Settei Roshi, and succeeded as Honiwa Rakunyu III (December)
Built an anagama (“cave” kiln) and continues to devote himself to the research of ancient Shiragaki to early modern tea ware.

お持ち帰り商品のご案内Gifts to Go

甲賀流 忍者兵糧丸Koga-style Ninja Hyoryogan Sweets


Hyoryogan refer to energy food in the form of pill-like balls that provided sustenance in the field. We made a delicious sweet based on the hyoryogan that ninjas in Koga were said to consume once a day for nourishment.

販売価格 : 500円(税別)500 yen (Tax not included)

甲賀流 手裏剣Koga-style Shuriken (Throwing Stars) Sweets


Ninja were required to learn martial arts, medicine, information analysis, and other state-of-the-art science and technologies. These sweets come in the form of shuriken or throwing-star weapons that the ninja used. Perhaps you may learn the secrets of the ninja.

販売価格 : 500円(税別)500 yen (Tax not included)

甲賀流 忍者兵糧丸 / 甲賀流 手裏剣

紫香楽宮 礎(いしずえ)Shigaraki Castle Foundation Stone, Ishizue Sweets

聖武天皇が紫香楽の地に造営された 「紫香楽宮御殿」の姿を今に伝える礎石から銘をいただきました。雅やかな天平文化とともに、聖武天皇の夢に思いを馳せていただければと存じます。

The name of this sweet, Ishizue, literally “foundation stone”, is inspired by the ancient Shigaraki Castle that Emperor Shomu built in 744 as the capital in here in present-day Koka City, Shigaraki. Imagine the elegance of an ancient culture and the dreams of Emperor Shomu.

販売価格 : 500円(税別)500 yen (Tax not included)

紫香楽宮 礎(いしずえ

商品に関するご注文・お問い合わせは、下記よりお電話・メールでご連絡ください。Please contact us on how to order or for more information on these sweets.

お持ち帰り商品や、工房作品など、オンラインでのご購入は、こちらからどうぞ。Click here to purchase takeaway food and workshop works online.

お問合せ・アクセスFor More Information

楽入陶房 壺中庵(らくにゅうとうぼう こちゅうあん)

住所 滋賀県甲賀市信楽町長野703
TEL 0748-82-1133
FAX 0748-82-3233
Mail contact@kochu-an.com

新名神高速道路 信楽IC下車(約10分)
駐車場 約5台




Rakunyu Ceramic Studio, Kochu-an

703 Nagano, Shigaraki-cho, Koka-shi, Shiga Prefecture 〒529-1851

>TEL 0748-82-1133

>Reservation reception time

>Opening Hours
Indefinite time(negotiable)

>Irregular holidays (Reservation required. Please call for details.)

Approx. 10 minutes from the Shigara Interchange exit off the Shin-Meishin Expressway.
Parking available (for approx. 5 cars)


We look forward to seeing you at “Kochuan no Yado”



“Hospitality” of Kochuan on the themes of ceramics and tea.
As an extension of this, we have opened “Kochuan no Yado” with the aim of being "the best guesthouse".

You can relax and enjoy tea ceremony in the morning, at noon, or in the evening.
In addition to relishing our seasonal cuisine, if you wish, you can also have a hands-on experience of molding vessels from clay (pottery workshop).

You can engage yourselves in lively conversation, mindless of the time.
Our guestrooms, decorated with tiles fired in Kochuan’s kiln, evoke a nostalgic feeling of the Taisho period.
Enjoy a good night’s sleep, relishing the retro atmosphere.

We hope to service a special hospitality of both time and space, that caters to the needs and wishes of every guest.







[Hospitality at “Kochuan no Yado”]
One-night, two-day course: 50,000 yen per person (Tax not included)
Check-in (11:00)-Checkout (evening of next day)

Included in the Course
◎ Tea ceremony(morning, noon, or evening) and meals (two meals)
※ Pottery workshop is separate (10,000 yen(Tax not included))

We will do the best we can to meet all your additional needs and requests.
First, please contact us below.

Inquiries and reservations
0748-82-1133 / 090-1242-3000 (Keiko Honiwa)
e-mail :

壺中庵 営業日のご案内


◯…予約可能  ×…休業日 または 予約不可

Mail contact@kochu-an.com
TEL 0748-82-1133
Mobile 090-1242-3000

Kochuan Opening Hours Information

Kochuan is open according to the calendar below.
Customers who wish to make a reservation should check the availability on the calendar and check the availability.
Please contact us by phone or email.

<How to read the calendar>
◯… Reservation possible  ×… Holiday or reservation not possible