In between the Kakegawa Castle and the Palace (二の丸御殿) is the Tea Room (二の丸茶室), it was a nice surprise to have a chance to try the green tea produced right at Kakegawa prepared by the tea master!
This is the entrance to the tea room. We didn’t know what to expect but we went to try it out anyway. It costs only ¥500 per person to have tea and a mochi dessert.
Isn’t that a nice dessert? It is so nicely made that it was difficult to decide eating it or keeping it :P
But of course eating it with the macha (抹茶) makes more sense.
You actually got a choice of regular green tea or macha. If you like the regular green tea, you get to learn how to make it with the masters in the tea room. I like to try the macha as we have regular green tea often. And that turned out to be a very good choice. The macha is creamy, not bitter as I originally anticipated. And the mochi dessert complements the macha very well.
So extravagant to have a room just for having tea!
When we left, we were given a couple small pouches of tea leaves to bring with us as souvenir.
We went outside to explore the exterior of the tea room and the garden around it.
Wish I could spend more time there…
Moving on to the palace…
Surprised to see scenery thought only exists in anime!
Here is the entrance to the palace.
Inside the palace is really nice and open space and zen feeling.
Really wish we could spend a bit more time at this place. We had tickets booked to continue with our trip to Osaka and we used up every single minute of our time at Kakegawa. In the end, I was very happy to have spent some time outside of big cities while we were in Japan. The feeling is quite different and people there were extremely nice to visitors. I have not been treated so well as a visitor for a long time.
Until next time, hope we will visit Kakegawa again!