Spend a luxurious night at a castle-like residence in Takamatsu, the home of bonsai, and enjoy a craft activity or a bonsai experience with an artist. Enjoy a modest mansion all to yourself, have a bonsai lesson and dinner cooked by a private chef.
・Stay overnight at one of Takamatsu’s most luxurious accommodations
・Relax in a historic building with a sense of privacy in the center of town
・Enjoy the eclectic blend of Japanese and Western interior decorated with bonsai
・Meet the host and hear the story of the Anabuki family the castle is named for
・Activity options include a bonsai lecture, wire sculpture-making, and “wasanbon” sweets making
Anabuki Tei is your castle retreat in the heart of Takamatsu — the perfect luxury base for any bonsai-themed trip. This historic building near the center of town is spacious, beautiful, and historic. Have this beautiful space to yourself and discover why the Setouchi region is called the Land of Art.
The unique building is large enough to enjoy a stay together with up to 12 people, while secluded enough to give a feeling of privacy. Inside, a mix of Eastern and Western aesthetics brings a sense of eclectic style. In the garden, you’ll appreciate the secluded lawn and patio, surrounded by precious pine trees representative of Takamatsu.
Being in Takamatsu, the number one producer of pine bonsai in Japan, a private bonsai lecture here will put you in touch with the essence of the art. With the bonsai experience option, a professional bonsai-shi will give you a lecture on how to enjoy bonsai, introduce decorated bonsai, and teach you the basics of the art.
In the wasanbon lesson, you’ll learn about a local specialty sweet made of finely grained dry sugar. Wasanbon is one of Japan’s finest confections, a melt-in-your-mouth traditional sweet that’s often served at tea ceremonies. In this activity you’ll try the final step of wasanbon-making: shaping and pressing sugar with a decorative mold. Choose from nearly 30 different wooden molds — all handcrafted by professional artisans. If you choose the wire sculpture-making activity, you’ll make a bonsai sculpture with an expert from the Hanazawa Myoshun-en bonsai garden.
You’ll bend and twist wires to the shape of a bonsai tree, learn more about the beautiful shapes of bonsai, and express your creativity in sculpting your own. You’ll also have the choice of a private chef to visit Anabuki Tei and cook your dinner. The menu will be prepared by the chef according to your request. Using ingredients from Setouchi, they can offer Japanese, Italian, and French food with your favorite cooking method, according to your wishes, including vegetarian or vegan meals.
Without intruding on your stay, your host will be around to make your stay more comfortable, and allow you to learn the story of the Anabuki family for which the residence is named.
Stay at Anabuki Tei for an unforgettable experience of Takamatsu.
Early luggage drop-off is possible, please inquire
No parties or events
What to bring
• Your Voyagin confirmation email, subject: Order Confirmed
Check-in from 15:00
Cultural experiences starting at 18:00 or 19:00 (around 1 hour per activity)
Dinner on request
Check out until 12:00
About the Venue
Anabuki Tei has
・Essentials: bedsheets, towels, toiletries, hairdryer
・Kitchen basics (pans, utensils, etc.)
Anabuki Tei, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture
Five minutes’ walk from Kotoden Kataharamachi Station
Free Cancellation, up to 2 Weeks Prior
・Must be made 14 full days prior to 12:00 AM local time the day your experience is scheduled. For example, if your experience is scheduled for Jun 21st at 6pm, cancel by Jun 7th 12:00 AM in the experience’s timezone for a full refund.
・If you cancel less than 14 days in advance, the experience is non-refundable.