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  • Shosei-en Garden In Kyoto

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  • Takaishigaki- Stone Wall Shosei-en Garden

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  • Cherry Blossom Shosei-en Garden

  • Rinchi-tei (left) And Tekisui-ken (right) Shosei-en Garden

  • Pond Infront of Rinchi-tei Shosei-en Garden

  • Tairitsu-seki (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Boka-kaku Shosei-en Garden

  • Boka-kaku Shosei-en Garden

  • Shinsetsu-kyo Bridge Shosei-en Garden

  • Old Trees Shosei-en Garden

  • Shukuen-tei (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Shukuen-tei (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Shukuen-tei (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Shukuen-tei (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Kaito-ro (Covered Bridge) Shosei-en Garden

  • Kaito-ro (Covered Bridge) Shosei-en Garden

  • Nine-story Stone Pagoda Shosei-en Garden

  • Sochinkyo (Tea Ceremony House) Shosei-en Garden

  • Rofu-tei Shosei-en Garden

  • Rofu-tei Shosei-en Garden

  • Rofu-tei Shosei-en Garden

  • Stone Bridge Shosei-en Garden

  • Woman Wearing Kimonos Shosei-en Garden

  • Ingetsu-Chi Pond Shosei-en Garden

  • Roan Teahouse Gate Shosei-en Garden

  • Roan Teahouse Shosei-en Garden

  • Shosei-en Garden

  • Ogenkan Shosei-en Garden

  • Ogenkan Shosei-en Garden

  • Shiogama Shosei-en Garden

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Facts & Figures

Shosei-en Garden is a beautiful traditional Japanese formal garden. Shosei-en is owned by the Higashi Honganji Temple. The place is also known under the name Kikoku-tei (Trifoliate Orange Mansion). At the spacious garden grounds (about 33000 square meters) you can find a large pond, tea houses, stone lanterns, cherry trees and much more. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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I recommend you to visit the garden during hanami and autumn season. The colorful leaves of the trees makes this place my must-see recommendation during your time in Kyoto.

  • Shosei-en Garden:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (last entry 3:30 pm, Nov till Feb)
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm, Mar till Oct)
  • Closed - never, open the whole year
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen (Adults), 250 yen (High school students or younger)

History

In 1641 Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa (1604 – 1651) donated the property to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. It was planned as chief priest Sen'nyo's (1602-1658) retreat. Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672), a famous Confucian scholar and friend of chief priest Sen'nyo, helped designing the garden. In 1657 the construction of Shosei-en Garden was completed. During civil riots (1858 and 1864) the garden was two times completely destroyed by fire. The area in its current form was rebuilt during the late 1860´s. Since 1938 the place got the status of an National Historic Site by the Japanese government.

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Shosei-en Garden is located northeast of Kyoto Station and about 200 meters east of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple.
Address: 300 Higashi-Tamamizu-cho, Simojyuzuyamachi-dori, Ainomachi-Higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, 600-8190 Kyoto

How to get to Shosei-en Garden?

  • 10min walk from Kyoto Station

Sightseeing spots

Top:

Takaishigaki (Stone Wall) - You will find this wall, made out of borrowed stones of all shapes and sizes, right after the western entrance.

Ingetsu-Chi (Moon Crest Pond) - It is the main pond of the garden and spans over one sixth of the garden grounds. The name - Moon Crest Pond - is related to the reflection of the moon in the water surface at night. Do not miss the beautiful koi´s in the water during your visit.

Boka-kaku (Ceremonial Gate) - The gate was rebuilt in 1892. It has a unique shape with two stairs on the side leading to the second floor. On the ceiling of the second floor are twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac engraved. Unfortunately Boka-kaku is not open for the public.

Rofu-tei Building/Studio - In 1880 Emporer Meiji stayed at this place.

Kaitoro (Covered Bridge) - After the fire in 1858 it took till 1884 before the bridge was rebuilt in a new design.

Minamoto-no-Toru Pagoda - The nine-story stone pagoda was created to honor Minamoto no Toru (822 – 895), a historical figure and son of Emperor Saga.

Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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