The thatched-roof Nagaya Gate at the entrance to the grounds and the sukiya-style teahouse building have been designated as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan for their historical and artistic value.
The teahouse was carefully designed so that all rooms could be used for tea ceremony, with special flourishes throughout and each room having a different ceiling and low doorways in keeping with the Kyoto tradition.
One distinctive element of the building is the lavish use of blown glass in the windows and glass doors. Sukiya-style architecture was originally built from wood, reeds, and earth, but here the materiality of glass blends in naturally and effectively. Even with the low ceilings and doorways, the lavish use of various forms of glass creates an airy space that seems to extend to the garden outside.
The Showa Lounge is built with a European-style vaulted ceiling, uncommon for a sukiya-style building. The ceiling is made of woven cypress shingles, giving the space a light appearance. Normally, such woven ceilings are only used for very small areas, making this ceiling unique in its large scale and skill that is irreplaceable with modern techniques. Traditional Japanese techniques were thus used in the creation of this Western-style room.
The three-mat tea room, which was relocated from Kyoto, has eaves extending in two directions and features a crawl-in entrance, as well as a separate entrance for dignitaries. Windows of varying size are placed at a different heights, and soft light filters into the room through shoji screens.
Blown-glass windows and a large woven ceiling are among the many precious materials and techniques that cannot be imitated with today's technology. Numazu Club is a space that exudes creativity and luxury.
Nature of Numazu
A dense pine grove grows between Japan’s highest mountain and deepest sea. For centuries, literary figures have been fascinated by the striking contrasts formed by the 6,000-meter drop from the top of Mt. Fuji to the bottom of Suruga Bay, and the greenery of Senbon Matsubara in between.
Numazu is blessed with water and vegetation by the rich soil found at the top of the Izu Peninsula. The Kano River, which flows through the city, is known for its excellent water quality, while the rain and snow that falls on the mountains soaks into the earth and reemerges as pure spring water in various locations.
Nutrients and fresh seafood abound in the 2,500-meter deep waters of Suruga Bay, Japan’s deepest point formed some 600,000 years ago.
Senbon Matsubara, the pine grove that surrounds Numazu Club is a scenic area known as one of Japan’s 100 most scenic spots. Unlike many pine groves that grow alone atop white sand, here the towering pine trees are surrounded by a flourishing underbrush of trees, giving the appearance of a forest. The birds that flock to the thicket in search of berries offer a lovely spectacle.
The charm of Numazu is on full display in the view of magnificent mountains, the sea and river, and the pine forest.
Located in the pine grove of Senbon Matsubara that was beloved by many literary figures, Numazu Club is surrounded by monuments and memorials to poets and writers associated with Numazu. The area is also dotted with scenic spots unique to Numazu's rich natural environment between the mountains and the sea.
- 1Senbon Matsubara, Senbonhama Park
Senbon Matsubara (“Thousand Pine Grove”) is one of Numazu's most scenic spots. The eastern end of the grove is known as Senbonhama Park. (10-minute walk)
- 2Yasushi Inoue Literature Monument
Yasushi Inoue, who spent his youth in Numazu, described the area in detail in his novels “Asunaro Monogatari” and “Natsugusa Fuyunami”. (8-minute walk)
- 3Wakayama Bokusui Memorial Museum
Bokusui, an avid traveler and sake drinker who composed more than 8,000 poems during his lifetime, began living in Numazu in the summer of 1920. This museum features a detailed exhibition of Bokusui’s path and accomplishments. (2-minute walk)
- 4Numazu Shoji Art Museum
This museum exhibits works by Yamaguchi, an international printmaker who spent his life in Numazu; works collected and donated by the late Tatsuo Shoji, former mayor of Numazu; as well as works by artists active in the community. (13-minute walk)
- 5Numazu Port
Restaurants line the streets where you can enjoy bowls of rice topped with seafood brought ashore at Numazu Port. This port is the gateway to the Izu Peninsula, with Mount Fuji to the north and Suruga Bay to the south. (15-minute walk)
- 6Ganyudo Ferry
Ferry boats, once a everyday means of transportation for the ordinary people, were used on the Kano River that runs through Numazu City. The ferries were discontinued in 1971, but were revived in 1997. You can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Fuji while riding on an atmospheric Japanese-style boat. (15-minute walk)
- 7Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
This is the world's first aquarium focused entirely on deep-sea life. It is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit a frozen specimen of coelacanth, a species described as a “living fossil”. (14-minute walk)
- 8Numazu Port Observatory Water Gate View-O
This large sluice gate was built to protect the city from tsunamis triggered by offshore earthquakes, and was completed in 2004 after eight years of work. The observation deck gives visitors a 360-degree panoramic view from a height of about 30 meters above the ground. (20-minute walk)
- 9Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Built in 1893 as a retreat for Emperor Taisho (then Crown Prince), this villa was used by three generations of the imperial family. After the war, it was opened to the public as a park and has been designated as a national place of scenic beauty due to its historical and cultural value. (15-minute by car)
- 10Suruga Taian Tearoom at the Imperial Villa
Suruga Taian is located inside the public teahouse known as Suisho-tei within the Imperial Villa. It is a faithful replica of the national treasure Taian tearoom in Kyoto, which is said to have been created by the tea master Sen no Rikyu. (15-minute by car)