Joan is one of Japan's most celebrated tea ceremony houses and a designated national treasure. It was built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, a younger brother of Oda Nobunaga and a disciple of Sen-no-rikyu, Japan's most famous master of the tea ceremony.
During the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the Joan teahouse was moved from Kyoto to Inuyama where it now stands in the Urakuen, a Japanese garden which also exhibits Uraku's former study room and more tea ceremony houses.
Urakuen stands at the foot of Inuyama Castle. The garden is a 10 minute walk from Inuyama-Yuen Station or a 20 minute walk from Inuyama Station.