Rokuō-in  (鹿王院庭園)

In western Kyoto, near the Arashiyama hills, lies the Rinzai Zen temple Rokuō-in. It was built in 1380. The small Zen garden has a tsukubai, trimmed shrubs and some great maples. In fact, the best season to visit this garden is autumn, when the maples turn a bright red.

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    Directions

    How to get there
    From Kyoto station, take the JR Sanin Main line towards Sonobe (園部) from platform 32, 33. Get off after 16 minutes at the sixth stop Saga-arashiyama (峨嵐山). From there, walk 400 meters in eastern direction.

    You can also use the Rokuo-in train station on the Kyofuku-Arashiyama line.

    Opening times
    9am – 5pm

    Admission
    300 Yen

    Address
    京都市右京区嵯峨北堀町24
    Kyoto-Shi, Ukyō-Ku, Saga-Kitabori-cho 24

    Shōden-ji  (正伝寺)

    Shōden-ji is a small temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It is tucked away in the mountains in northern Kyoto. The simple Zen garden in front of the Hojo has a great view on the sky and Mt. Hiei.

    The garden is said to have been laid out by the famous garden designer and tea master Kobori Enshu in the Edo period (1603-1868), although there is few evidence of that. In the 1930s, the Japanese garden scholar Shigemori Mirei restored the garden that had been altered over the centuries.

    The temple’s Hojo, the main hall, has been removed from the castle Fushimi-jo in 1653. In the castle, many samurai commited suicide (Seppuku) during the Sekigahara battle in the year 1600. The floor boards of the castle became the ceiling of the temple to pray for those who gave their lives in the battle. This kind of ceiling is called Chitenjo (血天井).

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    How to get there
    The easiest way to get to Shoden-ji is to take the Kyoto city bus number 9 towards Nishigamo Shako-mae (西賀茂車庫前).
    Get off after 42 minutes at Jinkoin-mae (神光院前). From there, walk westward for about 750 meter.

    Opening times
    9am – 5pm

    Admission
    400 Yen

    Address
    北区西賀茂北鎮守庵町72
    Kita-Ku, Nishigamo-Kitachinjuan-cho 72

    Mukōjima-hyakka-en  (向島百花園)

    This garden was built by an antique dealer between 1804 and 1830.

    The name of the garden means “a garden with a hundred flowers that bloom throughout the four seasons”, and the garden is indeed known for very beautiful flowering trees and shrubs.

    At the time when the garden first opened, its main feature was 360 ume trees.

    In later years, many different blooming flowers and plants mentioned in classic Chinese and Japanese works of literature and poetry were collected, enabling visitors to enjoy blooming flowers throughout the year.

    The garden is the only surviving flower garden from the Edo Period. What is also special about it is that it was not built as a part of a residence.

    Contents:

    Introduction

    History

    Highlights

    Flower Highlights

    Anikas Impressions

    Around Mukōjima-hyakkaen

    12 pages full of information about the Mukōjima-hyakkaen

    20 pictures of the garden

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    Directions

    How to get there
    The closest metro station is Higashi-Mukojima of the Tobu-Skytree-Line. From the station, head 500m east to get to the garden.

    Opening times
    9am – 5pm (last entrance at 4:30)

    Closed around New Year between December 29th and January 3rd.

    Admission
    150 Yen

    Address
    JP: 東京都墨田区東向島三丁目
    EN: Tokyo, Sumida-ku, Higashimukojima 3-18-3

    Tokyo Imperial Palace Ninomaru Gardens  (東御苑の二の丸庭園)

    The public Japanese garden of the Tokyo Imperial Palace can be found in the secondary circle of defense of the palace, the Ninomaru (second circle).
    This is the place where the most important palace buildings once stood.
    The Edo castle was the residence of the shoguns of the Tokugawa shogunate between 1603 and 1867, but also the Meiji emperor resided here before moving to the Imperial Palace “next door”.
    The grounds of the real Imperial Palace are only open to the public on New Years Day and the Emperor’s birthday (February 23).

    Contents:
    Introduction
    History
    Highlights
    Wall building types
    How to visit
    Anikas Impressions
    Around the Imperial Palace

    14 pages full of information about the Ninomaru Garden
    32 pictures of the garden

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    Directions

    How to get there
    The closest station on the Yamanote line is Tokyo main station.

    Opening times
    April-August: 9am – 5pm
    September, October, March: 9am-4:30pm
    November-February: 9am-4pm

    Closed on Mondays, Fridays and New Year (Dec 28 to Jan 3).

    Admission
    Free

    Address
    JP: 東京都千代田区千代田1-1
    EN: Tokyo, Chiyoda-Ku, Chiyoda 1-1