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Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum

Located just a short distance west of the famous Ginkakuji Temple, there is a garden&museum, called “Hakusasonsou”, which is a famous Japanese artist, Hashimoto Kansetsu’s private villa and garden. There is his nameplate “Hashimoto” at the entrance. Hashimoto Kansetsu(1883–1945) is a well-known  nihon-ga (Japanese style) painter. First, he studied under Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942), the leading figure… Read More »

Mirei Shigemori Garden Museum

Shigemori Mirei is one of the greatest garden architects in 20th century, maybe his  most famous work is Hojo Garden in Tofukuji temple, and he created over ninety religious and domestic gardens throughout Japan. It’s a  so precious experience that here in Kyoto, we can visit “The Shigemori Residence” and appreciate his private garden and… Read More »

Okochi Sanso Garden

Okochi Sanso is located in Sagano, west side of Kyoto City. It was the private villa of the famous silent-film era actor, Okochi Denjiro(1898-1962). He was such a star actor, and at the same time, deep admire of Zen philosophy. He constructed this unique garden villa on the south side of Mount Ogura for over… Read More »

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji was established in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339), with the great Zen master Muso Soseki (1275-1351) appointed as founding abbot. It was designated the top of Kyoto’s Five Mountains (the city’s five major Zen temples), and the rank remains the same today. Since its founding, Tenryu-ji has been… Read More »

Shosei-en Garden

Shosei-en Garden is a detached garden of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and it is located within 10 minutes walk from Kyoto station! It dates back in 1641, with support of Tokugawa Shogunate. This beautiful garden was designed by Ishikawa Jozan, and it has been a retreat palace for noble priests of Higashi Hongan-ji. This huge space… Read More »

Entoku-in Temple

Entokuin was built by Kita-no-Mandokoro (wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi), and she spent her last years here after Hideyoshi’s death. It is a sub-temple of Kodai-ji Temple, and has some of Fushimi Castle where they used to live in. It has been known to have elegance gardens. The North Garden is designated as a national scenic… Read More »

Arisugawa-tei House

Arisugawa-tei House is located next to Kyoto Imperial Palace. Arisugawa-no-miya is the name of a house of an imperial prince that existed for about 300years since 1625. Now this house is well preserved by Heian Jogakuin St. Agnes Girls’ School. Usually, it is not open to public, however, there are a few occasions we can look… Read More »

Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo castle is located at the center of Kyoto-city. It was originally built in 1603 as Kyoto residence for the first shogun of Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and expanded 1626 by the third shogun, Iemitsu, ahead of an imperial visit. The impressive wall paintings, which are still in existence today, were also done at this… Read More »

Gardener Skills at Tofuku-ji Temple

I was happy to have a rare opportunity to see gardeners working to maintain dry landscape garden of Hojo(Abbot’s chambers) of Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto. Tofuku-ji dates back in 1236, with a desire to build in Kyoto temple complexes like those in Nara. Even its name, Tofuku-ji, is a combination of one chalacter from each of… Read More »