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Shinju-an

Shinju-an (Daitoku-ji)(真珠庵)

Shinju-an was founded in 1491, in honor of the Zen priest Ikkyu, who was the head priest of Daitoku-ji from 1474- 1481. Ikkyu played the main role in reviving the Daitoku-ji temple complex after its destruction in the Onin war. The dry landscape garden and tea house were built in 1638 and are attributed to Kanamori Sowa, who was a tea master from the Japanese Alps.

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Directions

How to get there
Bus: Take the bus 205 or 206 and get off at the stop ‘Daitoku-ji’.
Subway: Take the Karasuma line to Kitaō-ji station and walk about 15 minutes in a westward direction.

Admission
Open only on special occasions
1200 Yen

Opening hours
9:30 ~ 16:00

Address
EN: 〒603-8231, Kyoto-Shi, Kita-Ku, Murasakino, 52 Daitoku-ji-Chō
JP: 〒603-8231, 京都市 北区 紫野 大徳寺町52

Kyoto Area

Famous Gardens Kyoto Area

When it comes to gardens, Kyoto is THE place to go. It has been the political, religious and cultural capital of Japan for several centuries, and this environment has fueled the development of all major Japanese traditions. Emperors, aristocrats, samurai – they all included wonderful gardens in their residences, some of which can still be explored today.

Literally hundreds of temples and shrines have been built and destroyed over the course of the centuries – yet some of their gardens have survived for you to visit them…
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The Gardens

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Famous Gardens

Famous Gardens
Japan’s finest gardens can be found in Kyoto, Kamakura and Tokyo – The cities have been capitals and centers of Japanese culture and religion for centuries. The gardens, temples, palaces with world-famous gardens have seen times of war, devastating fires, earthquakes and survived until today for you to enjoy.

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Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens
Kyoto, for example, has an unbelievable number of gardens – there are the ones that are in all the guide books and there are the ones that are lesser known, but nonetheless spectacular. Some of these gardens are only open for a few weeks in autumn or require reservation a few months in advance. Void of tourist masses, visiting these garden is much more enjoyable.

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Private Gardens

Private Gardens
After having seen the big gardens of famous temples and imperial residences, one wonders: What do real Japanese house gardens look like? How do people in modern Japan design their own outdoor living spaces? What do they look for in a garden? How do they deal with the issue of limited space? And how do they mix their country’s rich garden culture with the needs of everyday life?

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The Gardens

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Find by Period (Muromachi Period)

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Discover Japan’s gardens by the historical period they were built in.
Click on the period and see the gardens on the time line. When the exact founding dates of a garden are unknown,
we placed them in the middle of the time line.

  • Exciting Gardens: This category collects all the gardens that get you excited as soon as you enter the front gate.
    Wonderful views, an ever changing landscape, picture-perfect arrangements and a lot of things to discover…
  • Calming Gardens: Gardens that calm you, soothe your soul and let you take a break from everyday life are collected in this category.
  • Heian 794-1192
  • Kamakura 1192-13332
  • Muromachi 1336-1573
  • Azuchi-Momoyama 1573-1603
  • Edo 1603-1868
  • Meiji 1868-1912
  • Taishō 1912-1926
  • Shōwa 1926-1989
  • Heisei 1989-

Muromachi Period  (室町時代・1336-1573)

Koke-dera
Tenryū-ji
Sokushū-in
Kinkaku-ji
Shinju-an
Kōrin-in
Funda-in
Ginkaku-ji
Daisen-in
Ryōan-ji
Ryōgen-in
Tōji-in
Hōgon-in
Shōren-in


Find by Style (Dry landscape gardens)

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There are a lot of different garden styles in Japan, but most of them fall into one of these two categories:

Pond strolling gardens, or, to use a term from Western garden culture – Landscape gardens. In these gardens, you can go on a mini journey through a skillfully modeled landscape, climb small hills, cross small streams on stepping stones or feed carps at a pond.

Dry landscape gardens – A lot of the gardens in this category belong to temple, often Zen temples and tea houses. These garden are designed to be looked at – for example from the veranda of a house or while enjoying a bowl of Japanese tea.

  • Exciting Gardens: This category collects all the gardens that get you excited as soon as you enter the front gate.
    Wonderful views, an ever changing landscape, picture-perfect arrangements and a lot of things to discover…
  • Calming Gardens: Gardens that calm you, soothe your soul and let you take a break from everyday life are collected in this category.
  • Pond strolling gardens
  • Dry landscape gardens

Dry landscape gardens  (枯山水庭園)

Nishimura-ke
Ryōan-ji
Ryōgen-in
Daisen-in
Shinju-an
Kōrin-in
Funda-in
Jukō-in
Fushin-an
Nanzen-ji
Shisen-dō
Zuisen-ji
Konchi-in
Konnichi-an
Entsū-ji
Hōsen-in
Kankyū-an
Rokuō-in
Shōden-ji
Jizō-in
Mibu-dera
Ikō-an
Giō-ji
Kōsei-in
Ōhashi-ke
Tōfuku-ji
Kōmyō-in
Ryōgin-an
Zuihō-in
Reiun-in
Kennin-ji
Mirei Shigemori Garden Museum
Kyū-Asakurake-House
Tokyo National Museum
Meigetsu-in
Jōmyō-ji
Raikyū-ji


Find by Area (Kyoto Area)

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What garden would you like to discover today?
Choose the area on the bar below and see what exciting and calming gardens can be found there.

  • Exciting Gardens: This category collects all the gardens that get you excited as soon as you enter the front gate.
    Wonderful views, an ever-changing landscape, picture-perfect arrangements and a lot of things to discover…
  • Calming Gardens: Gardens that calm you, soothe your soul and let you take a break from everyday life are collected in this category.
  • Kyoto Area
  • Tokyo Area
  • Kamakura Area
  • Other Regions

Kyoto Area  (京都)

Byōdō-in (Phoenix hall)
Jōruri-ji
Nishimura-ke
Koke-dera
Ginkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Sokushū-in
Tenryū-ji
Ryōan-ji
Ryōgen-in
Daisen-in
Shinju-an
Kōrin-in
Funda-in
Tōji-in
Nijō Castle Ninomaru
Ōbai-in
Jukō-in
Fushin-an
Nanzen-ji
Sentō-gosho
Shisen-dō
Katsura-Rikyū
Shugaku-in Rikyū
Konchi-in
Shōsei-en
Konnichi-an
Taizō-in
Entsū-ji
Chion-in
Hōsen-in
Kankyū-an
Sanzen-in
kajū-ji
Rokuō-in
Shōden-ji
Ninna-ji
Kyoto-gosho
Jizō-in
Mibu-dera
Ikō-an
Giō-ji
Murin-an
Kōsei-in
Namikawa-ke
Ōhashi-ke
Shirakawa-in
Tōfuku-ji
Aoi-den/Kasui-en
Kōmyō-in
Ryōgin-an
Zuihō-in
Reiun-in
Kennin-ji
Mirei Shigemori Garden Museum
Sanbō-in
Hōgon-in
Shōren-in

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