The artistic Kou-An Glass Teahouse has proven to be an extremely popular attraction in the eastern mountains of Kyoto. Perched on the wooden observation deck of Seiryuden Temple, the transparent structure made from thick glass panels and minimal metal supports is a visionary exploration of Japanese culture by artist Yoshioka Tokujin. The installation forms part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Kyoto and Florence in Italy.
Visitors can enjoy not only the majestic displays of light that appear around the installation due to its beautiful curved form, but also the unhindered views of Kyoto from nearly 220 meters above sea level where the teahouse sits. The glass teahouse is due to stay on display till April 2016 and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.