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.

History of Koju

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.

Ten virtues of koh

Ten virtues of koh describe the ten properties of superior incense. It was originally a Chinese poem, but became widely known to the public at large by a calligraphy written by a high zen priest named Ikkyu Sojyun.

  • It sharpens your senses.
  • It purifies your mind and body.
  • It cleanses effectively.
  • It awakens you.
  • It befriends you in the silence.
  • It gives you a temporary sense of peace,
    even when you’re busy.
  • You never grow tired of it, even if you use a lot.
  • It satisfies you even, if you use only a little.
  • It does not decay, even when it is
    preserved for a long time.
  • It doesn’t cause problems,
    even if you use it every day.

Shop Information

Koju Ninenzaka | Google Map
349-8, Masuya-cho,
Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi,
Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan
TEL/FAX 075-551-0285
Open 10:00 am - Close 06:00 pm

Koju Ginza / Ginza Core | Google Map
Ginza Core 4F, 5-8-20, Ginza,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
TEL 03-3574-6135
FAX 03-3574-1925
Open 11:00 am - Close 08:00 pm (TAX FREE)

Koju Ginza / Gasuto st. | Google Map
Nipponkodo Bld.1F, 3-5-8,
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
TEL/FAX 03-3567-2105
Open 12:00 am - Close 07:00 pm on Weekday
Open 11:00 am - Close 06:00 pm on Weekends & Holidays

Koju Tokyo | Google Map
Yaesu-dai-chikagai naka-2, 2-1,
Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0028, Japan
(ichiban st, Yaesu chikagai, Tokyo Station)
TEL/FAX 03-3274-4006
Open 10:00 am - Close 08:00 pm

Koju Ogikubo | Google Map
Church Street House 1F, 3-6-24, Amanuma,
Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0032, Japan
TEL/FAX 03-3393-3308
Open: 10:30 am - Close: 02:00 pm
Open: 03:00 pm - Close: 06:30 pm

Koju Urawa | Google Map
Corso 1F, 1-12-1, Takasago,
Urawa-ku Saitama-shi, Saitama, 330-0063, Japan
TEL/FAX 048-824-5315
Open: 10:00 am - Close: 08:00 pm

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Koju Matsuyama | Google Map
3-2-14, Okaido, Matsuyama-shi,
Ehime, 790-0004, Japan
TEL/FAX 089-932-7248
Open 11:00 am - Close 06:00 pm
Closed on Wednesday.