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Shosei-en Garden

Higashitamamizucho Shimojuzuyamachidori Ainomachi Higashi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Kyoto Prefecture
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This is the detached garden of Higashi Honganji, which was donated by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the 3rd shōgun, in 1641. It covers an area of about 33,000 square meters (8 acres) and was designed by Jōzan Ishikawa. The various structures in this garden were destroyed twice by fire in 1858 and 1864 and the present construction took place during the Meiji period. This garden is filled with many kinds of flowers throughout the year, and the colorful scenery is highly appreciated. Currently, Ingetsu-chi Pond in Shōsei-en Garden is undergoing renovation so we lower water levels in the pond from January 1, 2017 to March 25, 2017. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation. Shinsetsu-kyō (Snow-capped Bridge) in Shōsei-en Garden is undergoing renovation due to deterioration. The renovation period is March 1, 2017 to the end of October 2017. Please cross Kaitō-rō (Chinese corridor-style Bridge) to get to Shukuen-tei (Tea House). Please watch your step when you pass someone on the bridge. Also, currently we lower water levels in the pond, Ingetsu-chi due to the renovation. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.
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Higashitamamizucho Shimojuzuyamachidori Ainomachi Higashi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Small garden with passable landscaping. You pay 500 yen a person, but they still don't let you visit the tea house so you can enjoy the fish pond.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The smallest of the three temples/gardens near the Kyoto station was a delight, and I'm not a gardens man. The Japanese sense of style definitely on show here. To my mind London's Kew Gardens & Parisian equivalents pale in comparison. Definitely worth the 500 Yen...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Busy but not overly crowded during the Sakura season. Tranquil and pleasant with very nice cherry blossoms. Great place to have a picnic and a nice little roundaround for the kids.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

These gardens are at a prime location and very reasonably priced. Within its walls are beautiful paths that have beautiful views that’ll make you stop every few meters to admire the sights! We managed to get around with a stroller so don’t feel put off...More

Thank Adam L
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Because of its large size, it never feels overly crowded, despite its premium and central local in Kyoto. Shosei-en is listed in the new book "HIdden Gardens of Japan" and let's all hope it stays hidden though it is easy to find and in plain...More

Thank John L
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

If you're looking for an easy walking destination from the Kyoto Station area, this is a lovely stop. The garden isn't large but is beautiful even in Winter. I wouldn't rate it as a top site in Kyoto but it is a nice place to...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Nice quiet garden with beautiful pond to view autumn leaves. Beautiful bridge over a pond to take photos. Away from crowd during peak autumn season to slowly enjoy the view and take photos. A small price to pay, which is use to maintain the garden,...More

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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

A short walk from the higashi temple which is next to the kyoto tower. This is such a gem and such a scenic walk around the gardens and buildings and lakes. Absolutely love it....

Thank Julian F
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We visited this garden ten years ago and were impressed with its beauty and tranquility. However this time was rather disappointing as parts were closed and ponds empty and one bridge closed and being renovated. The gardens did not appear to be well kept and...More

1  Thank Mon55
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely traditional Japanese garden. Very tranquil and pretty. Large with extensive tea houses and ponds. Opportunity to go upstairs in one of the buildings and see the view of the whole garden. There was some maintenance work going on but that will only make the...More

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I have visited this garden last year in the first week of December. it's the end of the autumn season and if lucky some trees have their coloured leaves. I found it still beautifull. Look also if there are evening opening... More
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