Japan’s Meiji Period (1868 – 1911) saw the country awaken from 250 years of isolation to challenge a brave new world. Captains of industry emerged overnight, establishing companies that dominate Japan to this day. Among them was Zenbei Miwa, 2nd-generation CEO of the Mitsuwa Soap Co. who used his fortune to build Shogantei, a peerless example of classical residential architecture known as sukiya.
“Sukiya style evolved from teahouses to private residences and is defined by the use of natural materials, simple elegant design, and great attention to detail.”
Shogantei was constructed in 1907 by master craftsman Yusaburo Kashiwagi, the 10th generation of a family of artisans who served the Edo Shogunate. As the Miwa family were devotees of tea ceremony, the house incorporates many features and details for its practice. The property also boasts extensive gardens, framed by the windows prevalent in nearly every room. Whether guests are seated on floor cushions or nestled in armchairs, the surrounding nature creates an atmosphere of tranquility and peace.
In 2006, a second, older structure on the property was completely renovated and reopened as the Senbon Matsu Numazu Club. (1000 pine trees Numazu Club.)
Today, Numazu Club offers a range of experiences and activities in keeping with its historic past, designed to introduce Japanese culture in engaging and meaningful ways. Please inquire at time of booking for more information.