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Amasake Chaya Owner

Satoshi is the 13th generation who continues to preserve the history of the Amasake Chaya. The Amasake Chaya stands by the steepest part of the Old Tokaido Way and has been welcoming travelers for 400 years. Travelers will find true refuge when they arrive and enjoy and regain strength with the warm hospitality and drinks of amazake, fermented rice drink, and mochi, sticky rice sweets that are served. The Amasake Chaya is the last of the several tea houses that stood by the Tokaido Way. Born into the family of the tradition, Satoshi grew up seeing his father devoted to his work as a master of this tradition. After graduating from school he started working at Tsujidome in Kyoto. Tsujidome is one of the most renowned high-class restaurants with a long-standing tradition of Cha-kaiseki cuisine which is part of Japanese culinary art and culture. Satoshi trained and worked for 13 years as a cook. The skills and knowledge handed down by generations, along with the sincere gesture of welcoming guests were comparable to the tradition of the Amasake Chaya. Satoshi returned to Hakone and began working with his father. Satoshi continues to gain trust and respect as a specialized cook and is called upon for some special tea ceremony occasions. Yet, he is dedicated as the guardian of the tradition of the Amasake Chaya and continues to create the traditional amazake drink and warmly welcome the travelers. Travelers continue to find warmth, peace, and kindness from Satoshi and the Amasake Chaya, all year round, whatever the weather may be.
Okagesama is a Japanese word that expresses gratitude and acknowledges a particular situation that turns out to be fortunate. Fortunately, Amasake Chaya has been in existence for some 400 years. This truly represents an okagesama (grateful) situation. However, the path to this historical achievement has not been smooth, in the same manner, that the Hakone paths are steep. This is not to mention the many natural disasters that the tea house has since experienced. There were countless days when not a single traveler visited us due to a quick-paced contemporary society. If so, how has it been possible to continue to this present day? Through change and challenge, it is by word of the travelers that we have been supported. For they visit us saying “Finally, somewhere to rest!,” “Please serve me some Amazake” or such similar remarks. Therefore we feel a sincere gratitude, an emotion of okagesama, towards these travelers. Hakone paths have long since been known as the steepest and hardest section for travelers. And this continues in modern times. We hope the Amasake Chaya will serve you as a modest beacon of light on your journey. We look forward to welcoming you.