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Know, Learn, Make

The Koju

The Koju is a workshop for people who want to learn about Japanese culture, develop a sense of beauty, and create new Japanese culture to inherit and shape Japanese fragrance with harmony, learning, and fun.
We offer one-time events, as well as a series of training sessions.

The Koju

Online shop

  • いろは 春の声 桜の花
    いろは 春の声 桜の花
  • いろは 風ゆれるむらさき藤
    いろは 風ゆれるむらさき藤
  • いろは ほっと一息の緑茶
    いろは ほっと一息の緑茶
  • いろは 春の贈り物(桐箱入)
    いろは 春の贈り物(桐箱入)
  • 特製 薫衣香 くのえこう 衣装用 7個入
    特製 薫衣香 くのえこう 衣装用 7個入
  • JUEMON オードトワレ ジュエモン 皇 KOU入
    JUEMON オードトワレ ジュエモン 皇 KOU
  • おうち時間を楽しむお香「お花見気分を楽しむ時間」5種類&香立付
  • 室礼香 山水
    室礼香 山水
  • 嵯峨野 嵯峨野 布箱進物 三種揃え(山桜・蝋梅・紅葉)
    嵯峨野 嵯峨野 布箱進物 三種揃え(山桜・蝋梅・紅葉)
  • 高井十右衛門 2019
    高井十右衛門 2019

Koju Online shop

In the online store, we deliver incense, incense sticks, eau de toilette, scent bags, meishiko (personalized scent for cards), and incense tools all over Japan with the theme of “an enriched life,” including fragrances to meet the various needs of first-time users, incense ceremony enthusiasts, those looking for a change of mood, and gift-givers. (We currently do not provide delivery overseas)


  • 019最優秀賞「Cliff」
  • 2019優秀賞「Silence pool」
    2019優秀賞「Silence pool」
  • 2019中原賞「~New Crossing~」
    2019中原賞「~New Crossing~」
  • 2019島田賞「しあわせをかさねて」
  • 2019橋爪賞「ゆらぎ」
  • 2019香十賞「Water Lily」
    2019香十賞「Water Lily」
  • 2019アイデア賞「和む」
  • 2019アイデア賞「蓮華文梵焼皿」
  • 2019アイデア賞「香流」
  • 2019アイデア賞「いのり」

Incense plate design contest 2020

At Koju, an incense shop founded 440 years ago, we are looking for "incense plates" for enjoying fragrance in modern life.
Enjoy burning incense for an enriched life, relaxation of quenching of the mind, and to rewind.

Incense plate design contest

History of koju

Incense store, Koju. In business since the Tensho period (1573-1593). Koju was born in Kyoto in the Tensho period . It’s a name which has a history of 440 years, one that has been used by incense meisters who officially have served the imperial palace. Koju inherits and respects the origins of Japanese incense cultural traditions, while simultaneously creating new Japanese incense culture.

The first Koju was a descendant of Yoshisada Yasuda of Seiwa Genji (guardians of Totomi Province), whose name was Yasuda Mataemon Minamoto Mitsuhiro. He was born in Kyoto in the Tensho period (1573-1593) during Nobunaga Oda’s rule. According to the records, the second generation Koju, Masakiyo was summoned by Lord Hideyoshi, and the fourth generation Masanaga was summoned by Lord Ieyasu. During the Edo period(1603-1867), the eighth generation Koju, named Juuemon, was called the incense meister. He delivered incense to the emperor and grand tea masters. Juuemon left behind a document titled the "Family incense blending book” and the skills which are practiced and passed down to this day.


Shop information

Being a joint-stock company with shops currently centered near Ginza, Tokyo, we return to our birthplace of Kyoto in April 2016 and opened a small shop in Nineizaka.
Grounded on the origins of Japanese incense culture, we deliver the value of incense to the present.