Namikawa-ke(並河家)

Nowadays, the Namikawa residence is a museum of Cloisonné objects by the artist Namikawa. He used to live and work in this house. Because he became internationally successful after exhibiting at the World Fair in Paris in 1878 and 1889, he often had foreign guests staying at his house.

For that reason, he built the sliding doors higher than usual and also used a lot of glass instead of paper screens. The garden of the Namikawa-ke is rather small, but well maintained and beautiful.

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Directions

How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the city bus number 100 and get off after 7 stops at Higashiyama-Sanjo (東山三条).
Walk east for around 300 meters. After you cross the small stream, turn left and walk one block north. The museum should be on your left side.

Opening times
10am – 4:30pm
Temporarily closed until spring 2023

Admission
800 Yen

Address
東山区三条通北裏白川筋東入堀池町388
Higashiyama-Ku, Sanjo-dori, Urajiro-Kawasuji Horiike-cho 388
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Mirei Shigemori Garden Museum(重森三玲邸)

The Shigemori Residence is a traditional town house (Machi-ya) dating from the middle Edo period (1789). It has a garden and two tea ceremony pavilions, which both were designed by the famous modern Japanese garden scholar and designer Mirei Shigemori.

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Directions

How to get there
From Kyoto main station, take the city bus 206. Get off after 17 stops (32 minutes) at the bus stop Kyodai-Seimon-mae (京大正門前).
From there walk 260 meter to the east and turn right at the road fork.

Address
〒606-8312 京都府京都市左京区吉田上大路町34
34 Kamiojicho, Yoshida Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8312, Japan

Contact
Fax +81 (0)75 761 8776
E-mail shima753@hotmail.com

Due to limited access by reservation only.
Explanations in Japanese only.
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Kyū-Asakurake House(旧朝倉家住宅)

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s liveliest district – and in its middle, you can find this calm residence from 1919. Asakura Torajiro, the chairman of the Tokyo council had built this house and its beautiful garden in Daikanyama.

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • History The Main Building Features of the MainBuilding The Storehouse The Garage The Gardens Garden Features Anikas Impressions Around the Asakura House

14 pages full of information about the Kyu-Asakura House
33 scenic pictures
12MB

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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Directions

How to get there
The closest station is Daikanyama (代官山), a station of the Toyoko line (between Shibuya and Naka-meguro). Ebisu station (Yamanote line, Hibiya line) is also only a 10 minute walk away.

Opening times
March-October: 10am – 6pm (entry allowed until 5:30pm)
November-February: 10am – 4:30pm (entry allowed until 4pm)

Closed on Mondays and between December 29th and January 3rd.

Admission
100 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都渋谷区猿楽町29−20
EN: 29-20 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Telephone
03-3476-1021
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Kōsei-in  (廣誠院)

A small temple of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. The interior has wonderful Fusuma-e (screen paintings) and a view on the walled garden.Taking pictures is not allowed inside the temple, but the garden is definitely worth a visit.
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Directions

How to get there Take the Kyoto city bus 205 from Kyoto station and get off at the eighth bus stop Shiyakusho-mae (京都市役所前). It takes about 18 minutes.A faster alternative would be to take the Karasuma subway until Karasuma-oike (烏丸御池) and change to the Tozai line. After two stops, get off at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae.From Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae, walk a block in northern direction, and after you have passed the Hotel Okura, turn right.Admission Only open in early November, the entrance fee is 800 Yen.

Kōsei-in(廣誠院)

A small temple of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. The interior has wonderful Fusuma-e (screen paintings) and a view on the walled garden.

Taking pictures is not allowed inside the temple, but the garden is definitely worth a visit.

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Directions

How to get there
Take the Kyoto city bus 205 from Kyoto station and get off at the eighth bus stop Shiyakusho-mae (京都市役所前). It takes about 18 minutes.

A faster alternative would be to take the Karasuma subway until Karasuma-oike (烏丸御池) and change to the Tozai line. After two stops, get off at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae.

From Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae, walk a block in northern direction, and after you have passed the Hotel Okura, turn right.

Admission
May only open in early November, the entrance fee is 800 Yen.

Address:
JP: 〒604-0924 京都府京都市中京区河原町通二条下る一之船入町 東入538−1
EN: Kosei-in, 538-1 Ichinofunairicho, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto, Präfektur Kyōto
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Konchi-in(金地院 南禅寺)

Konchi-in is a sub-temple of the Nanzen-ji temple complex. The temple was built in the early 15th century by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi (足利義持). In 1605, it was relocated from northern Kyoto to its present location inside the Nanzen-ji temple complex. A few years later, between 1611 and 1632, the garden was built in preparation of the shogun’s visit. It is fairly certain that the famous garden designer and tea master Kobori Enshu (小堀遠州) has built the garden. A lot of gardens around Kyoto have been attributed to him, but in contrast to these, the creation process of this temple garden is very well documented.

The garden is said to have been designed as a two dimensional picture, not unlike a fusuma-e (襖絵)、a painting on the wooden screen that often depict landscape scenes and nature. Indeed, the garden can only be viewed from the veranda of the Main Hall of the temple. A wide band of light gray gravel separates the rock arrangements from the viewer. The main feature of the garden is the duo of Crane and Turtle island, arranged with rocks and shrubs.

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Directions

How to get there
Take city bus number 5 and get off the bus at the Nanzen-ji bus stop. Walk about 8 minutes in eastern direction. As for the subway, Keage Station on the Tozai line is a short 7-10 minute walk away.

The most beautiful way to get to Nanzen-ji and its sub-temples is to walk the picturesque Philosopher’s path, which connects Nanzen-ji and Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion.

Address
Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city
京都市左京区南禅寺福地町

Admission
500 Yen
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Kōmyō-in (Tōfuku-ji)(光明院)

Kōmyō-in is one of Tofuku-ji temples sub-temples. It was founded in 1391 (Muromachi period) by Kinzan Myosho. In 1939, Shigemori Mirei laid out the dry landscape garden in front of the main building.

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Directions

How to get there
Take the Nara line from Kyoto station towards Nara. Get off at the first stop, Tōfuku-ji, and walk in southern direction until you get to Tōfuku-ji.

Opening times
7am – sunset

Admission
November: 300 yen
Rest of the year: donation

Address:
JP: 京都市東山区本町15丁目809
EN: 15 Chome-809 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0981
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Kennin-ji (建仁寺)

Kennin-ji was built in 1202 and is Kyoto’s eldest Zen temple. It belongs to Kyoto’s Five Great Zen Temples after the Mountain system (Gozan – 号山).

There are two zen gardens: The Chou-on-tei,“The garden of the sound of the tide”, which has a San-zon-seki, a Buddhist triad stone arrangement and a Zenzen-seki for Sitting in Zazen meditation. The other garden is called “Circle-Triangle-Square” garden. The idea behind the“circle, triangle, square”is that all things in this universe can be represented by these forms.

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Directions

How to get there
Take the Kyoto city bus 4 from Kyoto station to Shijo-Kawaramachi-cho (四条河原町), it should take around 15 minutes. From there, got east over the Gion bridge. On the other side of the river, turn right and walk until you get to the next bridge. There, turn left and follow the street for 200 meters until you get to the entrance of Kennin-ji.

Opening times
10am – 5pm (last entrance 30 minutes earlier)

Might be closed between December 28th and 31st

Admission
600 yen
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Jukō-in (Daitoku-ji)(聚光院)

Jukō-in is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji. It was established in 1566 after the death of daimyo Miyoshi Nagayoshi. The graves of its founding abbot Shorei Sokin and the famous Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu can also be found here.

The Hōjō or abbot’s quarters feature superb fusuma-e of Kano Eitoku that date back to 1566.

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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
Generally closed to the public

Address
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
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Jōruri-ji(浄瑠璃寺)

Jōruri-ji (浄瑠璃寺) is a temple of the Jōdo school of Pure Land Buddhism. It was founded in 1047 by the priest Eshin. It is laid out around a large pond, which was dug out in 1150. Ponds in temples of the Pure Land school symbolize the ocean between birth and death, with a center island that depicts earth.

Directions

How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the JR Nara line towards Nara. After 6 stops and 35 minutes, change trains in Kizu (木津) to the Kansai Main like towards Kamo (加茂). Get off the train in Kamo and take a taxi to the temple (5km, 12 minutes)

Opening times
9am – 5pm

Admission
300 Yen

Address
京都府木津川市加茂町西小札場40
Futaba-40 Kamocho Nishio Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture 619-1135
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Jizō-in(地蔵院)

Jizō-in is a really small temple with great atmosphere. Just a few minutes away from Saihō-ji, the moss temple, it is overlooked by most tourists. It was built as a temple of the Buddhist Rinzai school in 1367 by Hosokawa Yoriyuki, the founding priest was Musō Soseki. Like most of Kyoto’s temples and palaces, it was destroyed in the fires of the Ōnin war between 1467-77. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it was re-built.

The temple is also called bamboo temple, or take-no-tera (竹の寺). The approach to the temple is unique: A bamboo grove grows around the temple and creates a mysterious atmosphere. The main hall has a beautiful small garden with several Jizo stone sculptures. Since there are few visitors, it is the perfect spot to sit and contemplate while looking at the old garden.

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Directions

How to get there
Jizō-in is situated close to Saihō-ji, the moss temple, in the picturesque Arashiyama mountains to the west of Kyoto. Although you need to change trains, it is not very complicated to get there. First get to Katsura station by taking the Hankyu Kyoto line. In Katsura, change to the cute trains of the Hankyu Arashiyama line to get to Matsu-o station. From there, you can take bus 78 to get to Koke-dera. After that, it is only a short walk to the temple.

You can also go directly from Kyoto station with bus 28 until Matsuo-Taisha-mae and walk around 15 min in southern direction. From the Sanjō station of the Keihan line, you can take bus 63 to the final stop ‘Koke-dera’.

Opening hours
9am to 4:30pm
Jan. 10 – Feb. 10: Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Admission
500 Yen

Address
EN: 23, Yamada Kitanocho, Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 615-8285, Japan
JP: 〒615-8285 京都府京都市西京区山田北ノ町23

Telephone
075-391-3631

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