Teahouse Island Tour

Stone pillar on Teahouse IslandTo the west, across a narrow cove and dobashi, or earthen bridge, is Teahouse Island. At the end of the bridge stands a snow viewing lantern, yukimi-doro, a gift from St. Louis's sister city of Suwa, Japan. The teahouse itself, a gift from Missouri's sister state of Nagano, Japan, is sacred in Japanese culture. This soan, or "farm hut" style teahouse, was built in Japan, reassembled here by Japanese craftsmen, and dedicated with a Shinto ceremony in 1977. The teahouse is screened by hedges to create a sense of remoteness. 

Saturday & Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (hourly)
Set One: 12, 1, 2 p.m.
Set Two: 3, 4, 5, 6 p.m.

Monday, noon-4 p.m. (hourly)
Set One: 12, 1, 2 p.m.
Set Two: 3, 4 p.m.

Japanese Garden

Tickets are $5 and are sold twice daily at the Plum Viewing Arbor in the Japanese Garden. Tickets go on sale one hour before the first scheduled tour of each set, and are sold for all tours in that set. There are 20 spots available for each tour. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cash only. Maximum four tickets per person.