There are only three tea rooms that are registered as a national treasure in Japan; Taian, Mittan and Jyoan. There is a replica of the Jyoan in Nagakute which is situated next to my city. The tea room is called Koshoan.
You walk though the tea garden and purify you hands and mouth at tsukubai, the water basin. Then, you enter the tea room from the short crawl-in doorway. It is a small tea room uniquely designed with 3.5 tatami-mats. You will find flower and hanging Zen words scroll displayed in the tokonoma alcove. You sit in the tranquility. The sweets are served while you watch the host preparing the tea for you.
It will be an ephemeral 15 minutes. You can experience this in Koshoan on every second Sunday of the month. I love enjoying coffee at Starbucks, but having tea in the replica of a national treasure is also good. If you know, this costs you only 250 yen, you would think it’s even better than Starbucks!! Can you believe the price?! It is the most reasonable tea ceremony that I ever know. Attending this event every month is my trivial enjoyment these days. Do you have any pleasing spot in your neighborhood?