City of Saginaw MI -
Japanese Cultural Center

Tea House

The tea house is of authentic design and crafted in keeping with traditional Japanese architecture. The tea houses provide a ceremonial setting for the tea ceremony (Chanoyu), promoting the concept of global and international harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, expressing "Peace through a bowl of tea." The cultural center also contains a strolling garden, that is available during business hours free of charge. The three-acre garden slopes gently to the shore of Lake Linton. It is a quiet, safe haven to view weeping cherry trees, authentic stone lanterns, hand crafted bamboo gates, an Asian-inspired gazebo, and an arching vermilion bridge over a winding stream.

"beauty is not trickery, not illusion . . . but arranging elements like trees, water and rocks in a way that there is no crowding, no competition for attention."

Yataro Suzue

The Japanese cultural center has a beautiful garden which opened to the public in 1971. It was designed by Mr. Yataro Suzue and Lori Barber. The tea house was designed by renowned architect Mr. Tsutomu Takenaka and constructed in 1986 as a collaborative effort between the City of Saginaw and its sister city Tokushima, Japan. Its foundation rests part on American soil and part on Japanese soil. It is treasured as one of the most authentic tea houses in North America. The form of tea ceremony performed there dates back in an unbroken lineage to 1600 AD.

People Performing Tea Ceremony

Japanese Style FountainGazebo

Cherry Tree Blossoms


April 1st-October 31st.
Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 noon until 4 PM.
Tea ceremony presented on the 2nd Saturday of each month year round except December.
(Please call for reservervations 989.759.1648)
Strolling garden and tea house are accessible for all visitors.

For more information

Please visit the Japanese Cultural Center Website at

527 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: (989) 759-1648
Fax: (989)759-1618

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