We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Taizoin Garden

#142 of 957 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
Western Kyoto
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 35 Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2855
Website
Today
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600...

Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600 years. It showcases a dry landscape garden by Kano Motonobu, a Zen painting "Catching a Catfish with a Gourd", known as "Hyonenzu" and a Japanese botanical pond garden "Yoko-en" with Suikinkutsu, which is an ornament for the garden as well as a music device named after a Japanese musical instrument, Koto. Access BY TRAIN: Take a JR train on Sagano Line. 12min. from Kyoto Station. Please get off at Hanazono Station. 7 minute walk from Hanazono Station. BY BUS: Several buses are available from the major tourist sites in Kyoto. Please get off at either Myoshinji-mae Stop or Myoshinji Kitamon-mae Stop.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 51 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
The most tranquil temple in Kyoto

This was my second trip to Kyoto, so I've done all the must see destinations previously and was looking more for a tourist free and peaceful place. Taizo-in is now my absolute... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Kateryna G
,
Chicago, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 11: English reviews
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This was my second trip to Kyoto, so I've done all the must see destinations previously and was looking more for a tourist free and peaceful place. Taizo-in is now my absolute favorite temple in Kyoto. I was there on a Thursday morning around 11am and was able to enjoy the garden all on my own. The garden is absolutely... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kateryna G
New York
Level Contributor
91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Taizo-in is a sub temple in the large Myoshinji complex. If you like Japanese gardens, then by all means don't miss it. It is one of the finest gardens I have seen in Japan. It's a small pond-stroll garden, exquisitely designed to make the compact garden an immensely satisfying experience. It is truly lovely, and when I have visited, there... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Leonard G
Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
Level Contributor
717 reviews
350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This beautiful garden is situated in the suburbs of Kyoto and in a Buddhist temple. There are three gardens depicting the wet, dry and combined. A place of utter tranquility and peace. Please visit.

Helpful?
Thank ChefCliveM
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

Visited this little place, very peaceful and quiet, with less visitors. However, nowhere near as spectacular as some of the other sites in Kyoto.

Helpful?
Thank M K
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

The Taizo-in temple is a Zen Buddhist facility that is the oldest of the 40 subordinate temples within the Myoshin-ji temple complex that can be found in northwest Kyoto. Taizo-in was established by the daimyo Hatano Shigemichi in 1404. I usually don’t visit Buddhist temples, because they rarely have high quality gardens and the buildings rarely adhere to the wabi-sabi... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank pontevecchio56
SF
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Taizoin near our Daishin-in shukubo in the large tranquil off the beaten path Nyoshinji temple complex by Hanazono JR station has 3 rock gardens, koi pond connected by beautiful pathways and Kannon statue over looking the cemetery. They also have the Japan's oldest sumie drawing.

Helpful?
Thank amazinga
new york city
Level Contributor
159 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2014

Taizoin is a sub temple of the large Myoshin-In complex , easily reached by Kyoto city bus 91 or 93, which stop outside the temple gates . There's no entry fee for the grounds , but Taizoin has a 600 yen charge --worth it! The pond, waterfall, & plantings were gorgeous this fall, and no doubt are charming in every... More 

Helpful?
Thank nancy c
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
139 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We visited here because we'd had enough of the crowds at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji temples. It is about a 15-20 minute walk straight down from Ryoanji but it took longer because we stopped to look at other temples and garden areas in the Myoshinji area. This garden was lovely, there were only a few people here visiting so it was... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank plspoon
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

This garden is part of a bigger complex just down the hill from Ryoan-ji, and easy walk. The other parts you can see into on the way are nice too but Taizo-in is spectacular and I think my favorite in Kyoto so far. It's a Buddhist zen garden that has a beautiful big cherry blossom feature tree over 2 zen... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank selmorott
Potomac Falls, Virginia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

About a 15 minute train ride from Kyoto station, Taizoin is located on the Myoshin-ji Zen Temple grounds. Taizoin contains 2 different gardens, a dry garden, and traditional strolling garden. Not very crowded, very peaceful and tranquil. You can purchase tea while you enjoy the view under lush foliage at the base of the strolling garden.

Helpful?
3 Thank Damon D

Travellers who viewed Taizoin Garden also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Taizoin Garden? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Taizoin Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Western Kyoto

Neighbourhood Profile
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
Explore this neighbourhood