Ryōgen-in (Daitoku-ji) （大徳寺龍源院）
Ryōgen-in is one of Daitoku-ji’s twenty-two sub-temples.
It is a rather small temple, but has several superlatives to offer:
–>One of its gardens (Tōkekiko) is Japan’s smallest garden (supposedly).
–>Another of its gardens (Ryūgin-tei) is Daitoku-ji’s oldest garden (maybe)
–>Its meditation hall is Japan’s oldest Hōjō – competing for this title with Ryogin-an of Tofuku-ji.
–>Japan’s oldest gun is on display inside the temple buildings.
The temple was found in 1502 as Daitoku-ji’s sub-temples by the priest Tokei. It belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism.
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.
9am – 4:30pm
EN: 〒603-8231, Kyoto-Shi, Kita-Ku, Murasakino, 53 Daitoku-ji-Chō
JP: 〒603-8231, 京都市 北区 紫野 大徳寺町53