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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 あの曲がり角の金木犀
    いろは あの曲がり角の金木犀
  • いろは 朝日に輝く薔薇のアーチ
    いろは 朝日に輝く薔薇のアーチ
  • いろは 檜の木漏れ日
    いろは 檜の木漏れ日
  • オードトワレ ジュエモン 透 TOU
    オードトワレ ジュエモン 透 TOU
  • おうち時間を楽しむお香「秋のお便り」5種類&香立付
  • 武蔵野 布箱進物 三種揃え(伽羅・沈香・白檀)
    武蔵野 布箱進物 三種揃え(伽羅・沈香・白檀)
  • 御供 井泉 桐箱8箱入
    御供 井泉 桐箱8箱入

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)


  • 2020最優秀賞「minamo」
  • 2020優秀賞「SAZANAMI」
  • 2020中原賞「Melt」
  • 2020島田賞「Honoka」
  • 2020香十賞「Ripple」
  • 2020アイデア賞「LINE~生活に溶け込むミニマルな香皿」
  • 2020奨励賞「KAGUYA切子香皿(風音)」
  • 2020奨励賞「白雪」
  • 2020奨励賞「水明」
  • 2020特別賞「Rear」
  • 2020特別賞「灯明 Sakura gold」
    2020特別賞「灯明 Sakura gold」

Incense plate design contest 2021

The 440-year-old incense shop "KOJU" is looking for "incense plates" to enjoy the scent in modern life.
Burning incense to create a rich life, relaxing and moisturizing the mind, and refreshing.
We are waiting for you to apply for such a wonderful "incense plate".

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.