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Kanrantei, Matsushima-machi

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Kanrantei (観瀾亭) is the only building to survive from a mansion complex of the Date clan in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It is said to have originated as a teahouse in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Fushimi Castle, to have been moved to Edo by Date Masamune, and finally to have been brought to Matsushima by his son Date Tadamune.

It has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Property. Inside, 21 painted fusuma panels of the Edo period have been designated an Important Cultural Property.
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  • If you’ve come all the way to Matsushima you have to check out this place. You can order Macha and sweets and enjoy the scenery of pine covered islands, just like they did 400 plus years ago when...  more »
  • Have you ever moved house? As in moving an entire house. 800km without machinery. Well, that is exactly what the Date clan did when Toyotomi Hideyoshi gifted this tea house to them. They moved the...  more »
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