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The Genchō-an Tearoom

The Genchō-an Tearoom is located on the museum’s sixth floor.
It is usually not open to the public but may be used for tea ceremonies with seasonal sweets on designated days during exhibitions.

History

1961
The Suntory Museum of Art opened, as did the Genchō-an.
1975
When the museum moved to Akasaka-Mitsuke, the Genchō-an was rebuilt there.
2007
For the museum’s move to Roppongi, the Genchō-an was moved there and expanded.

The Name Genchō-an

Gen, character_gen, is the third character in the first line of the Senji mon (Thousand-Character Classic), a Chinese poem long used to teach the basic kanji characters. Since it is the third character in the poem, it stands for “three,” san. Chō, character_cho, means “bird” and is also read tori. Combined, the two characters thus can also be interpreted as santori, signifying Suntory. When our museum first opened in the Marunouchi district in 1961, Master Tantansai Sen Soshitsu (1893-1963) , the fourteenth-generation head of the Urasenke school of the tea ceremony, gave the tearoom this name.

Architecture

The tearoom named Genchō-an was established when Suntory Museum of Art was founded. A small 4.5 mat room (about 7.5 square meters) was brought to our location from Akasaka-Mitsuke, and a 8 mat room (13.2 square meters) and a newly designed chair-style room were added. On the outside terrace is a waiting area, with chairs and a stone washbasin. When the shoji are opened, one can “borrow” the exquisite view of Tokyo Midtown, regaling our patrons with the delight of a truly tranquil spot in the city.

Tea Ceremony

Enjoy matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets in a quiet oasis amid the city.

Hours
  • August

    There is no tea ceremony this month.

  • September

    There is no tea ceremony this month.

  • October

    1, 15, 29

    ‘Otemae’ Tea Ceremony Demonstrations are held at 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00.

  • November

    12, 26

    ‘Otemae’ Tea Ceremony Demonstrations are held at 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00.

  • December

    17, 24

    ‘Otemae’ Tea Ceremony Demonstrations are held at 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00.

  • Open on designated Thursdays, while exhibitions are being held. 11:30-17:30 (last admission is 17:00).
Entry costs

¥1,000 in addition to museum admission.

  • * No reservation is required but numbers are limited to 50.
  • * Tickets for the day’s tea ceremony go on sale at 10:00 at the 3F reception desk.
    (Reservations are not available; ticket sales are limited to two per person.)
How to take part

* The tea ceremony is conducted in Japanese only.

‘Otemae’ Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
(seated on tatami, shoes removed)

Time :Held at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
The time for each ceremony is fixed.
Place :The 8 mat room in the Genchō-an
Includes :Formal tea ceremony service of thin green tea and sweets
  • * Please note that you will be sitting on the tatami; please wear shoes that are easy to take on and off. If you are uncomfortable in bare feet, please bring a pair of white socks.

Chair-Style Service

Time :11:30-17:30
(last admission is 17:00)
Place :The stone-floored (non tatami) room in the Genchō-an
Includes :Service of thin green tea and sweets to guests seated in chairs.
  • * Does not include the tea ceremony demonstrations.
To our guests

Photography is not permitted at the Genchō-an.
Please do not bring children under three years old to the tearoom.

2020 January

  • Exhibition
  • Closed
  • Tea Ceremony
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2020 February

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2020 March

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2020 April

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2020 May

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2020 June

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2020 July

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2020 August

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2020 September

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2020 October

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2020 November

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2020 December

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