Green Tea Experience at Suirakuen Garden

Green Tea Experience at Suirakuen Garden

Try matcha green tea in a traditional tea house in Suirakuen Garden, located inside Nanko Park. Suirakuen Garden is also a popular place to visit for its fall foliage.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Best SeasonAll Year
Entrance FeeAdmission Fee & Matcha Tea Set (with Japanese confectionery):
Adults: 780 yen
Children: 630 yen
(Includes admission to Suirakuen Garden)
Related infoOpening Hours:
Apr. to Nov.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dec. to Mar.: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Closed Days:
Mar., Jul.: 2nd Wednesday of the month, Thursdays(Or the following day if Wednesday falls on a national holiday)
Dec. - Feb.: 2nd Wednesday of the month (Or the following day if Wednesday falls on a national holiday)
Closed for End of Year and New Year holidays
Access Details
AccessSuirakuen Garden, Gorokuboyama 45-1, Shirakawa City, Fukushima Pref. 961-0000
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Getting there

By Car:

  • 15 min from the Shirakawa I.C. exit off the Tohoku Expressway

By Train:

  • 15 min by taxi from Shirakawa Station (JR Tohoku Main Line)
  • 15 min by taxi from Shin-Shirakawa Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line)


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Arts & Crafts

Handmade Japanese Washi Paper Craft Experience

Kami-Kawasaki Washi paper has a history of over 1,000 years. It was given the name "Kami-Kawasaki Washi" because of its origin in Nihonmatsu City's Kami-Kawasaki district. Since the name of districts changes with the years, during Japan's Heian Period, it was known as "Michinoku-gami "("paper made in Michinoku"). Kami-Kawasaki Washi paper has been used regularly as shoji paper (paper for sliding doors). Many people are charmed by the warmth and simple beauty of Kami-Kawasaki Washi. Paper mulberry, a type of tree used for making the paper, is grown locally. The traditional production method, from producing the raw ingredients to making the paper, is continued in Nihonmatsu City even today. Sticking to traditional production methods ensures that the finished paper has a luxuriant warmth and refinement, and is strong and durable. At present, a variety of products, such as dyed paper, folkcraft paper, and paper crafts, are produced, all of which maintain the paper's original texture. Although the demand for shoji paper is declining, there is still demand for products such as wallpaper and lamp shades. In this way, Kami-Kawasaki Washi remains important to us everyday.   At the Washi Traditional Crafts Gallery - located at Michi-no-Eki Adachi (Roadside Station) - visitors can make washi postcards, paper fans, and other items.

Arts & Crafts

Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop

The Hashimoto Butsugu-Chokoku Ten (Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop) has a long history of over 160 years. Here visitors can try the truly unique experience of customizing their own lacquered chopsticks. Under careful instruction, you’ll be able to go home with your very own pair of one-of-a-kind chopsticks. The establishment sells many fine lacquerware products, from kitchen utensils and crockery to masks for use as decoration or at festivals. The chopstick-customizing workshop is available for 2,500 yen per person and is very popular for groups and couples. Even children (ages 12 and up) are able to do it with the supervision of adults and the instruction of the teacher. There are also pamphlets available in English for non-Japanese speakers. The workshop is easy to understand as the instructor guides you through the various steps until you are finally able to see the revealed layers of lacquer color on your own chopsticks. The chopstick experience workshop requires a reservation made at least five days in advance. While you are at the Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop, you will be guided through the six steps of making your own lacquered chopsticks. It will be an exciting experience as you begin with red or black chopsticks and slowly file down the layers of lacquer until the patterns are revealed. Traditionally, red chopsticks are for women and black are for men. Whichever color you choose though, these are certain to be your favorite set of chopsticks full of memories.