Shōren-in(青蓮院)

Shōren-in is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect located in Kyoto.

Since its sixth head priest Dokaku, until the Meiji period every head priest was a member of the imperial family.

This temple, founded in the late Heian period, has two famous Japanese gardens.
It is said that the main garden with the ryūjin no ike pond was built by Soami during the Muromachi period.
The other garden, kirishima no niwa, was created by Kobori Enshū during the Edo period.

Although it is well known among foreign and local tourists alike, on visiting it gives a tranquil feeling.

Contents of the eBook:
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Buildings
  • Gardens
  • Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around Shōren-in

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33 pictures of the gardens
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Directions

How to get there
10 min walk from Tozai Subway Line Higashiyama Station (東山駅) or Bus 206 to Chion-in mae (知恩院前)

Address
JP: 〒605-0035 京都府京都市,東山区粟田口三条坊町69−1

69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobo-cho Higashiyama-ku、Kyoto-shi

Admission
500 Yen

Opening hours
9am to 5pm
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Nezu Museum(根津美術館)

The Nezu museum is a private collection of Japanese and Asian art – from calligraphy to painting, ceramics, and textiles. The industrialist and president of the Tobu railway company, Nezu Kaichiro was an avid art collector.

The site of the museum and garden used to be his private residence, which he bought in 1906. After his death in 1940, his son founded the museum to preserve the collection. In World War II, however, the museum and gardens were severely destroyed.

The hilly garden has two ponds that are connected by small streams. Upon every turn of the numerous winding paths, you can see a new garden lantern, memorial stone, Buddha or Kan’non statue. The garden also has some well-preserved tea houses. Near the main building, you can find a modern cafe. The wide window front on three sides lets you enjoy the garden while having a light lunch or coffee and cake.

Contents of the eBook
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Buildings
  • Stone Works
  • Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around the Nezu Museum


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41 pictures of the garden
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Directions

How to get there
The closest metro station is Omotesando. Chiyoda line, Ginza line and Hanzomon line stop here. Use exit 4 or 5 and walk down the small end of Omotesando towards south east. After 400m you should reach the museum.

Opening times
10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Admission
1300 Yen for the general exhibition (previously purchased online)
1400 Yen for same-day tickets
Special exhibitions cost differently.
Garden only accessible after ticket purchase.

Address
JP: 東京都港区南青山6丁目5−1
EN: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-chome 5-1
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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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Tonogayato Teien(殿ヶ谷戸庭園)

The Tonogayato Teien is a Japanese landscape garden, built between 1914 and 1916 (Taisho period) near Tokyo. It was built for the residence of the vice president of the Manchurian Railway company.

In 1929, the estate was bought by a member of the Iwasaki family. Nowadays, the garden is enjoyed by young and mid-aged people, and you will probably be the only foreign visitor there.

There is a tea house on the premises that can be rented for tea ceremonies. The garden is a mixture of Japanese and European strolling garden. It is just 20 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station but feels very remote from everyday life in metropolitan Tokyo.

Contents of the eBook:
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Buildings
  • The Gardens
  • Other Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around Tonogayato Teien

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41 pictures of the gardens

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Directions

How to get there
From Shinjuku, take the Chuo line towards Kawaguchiko and get off at the fifth stop, Kokubunji (国分寺)。From there, it is only a short walk to the gardens.

Opening times
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last entry until 4:30 p.m.

Admission
150 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都国分寺市南町二丁目
Tokyo-to, Kokubunji-shi, Minami-cho, 2 chome
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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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Kiyosumi Teien(清澄庭園)

The Kiyosumi gardens are said to have been part of the residence of the businessman Kinokuniya Bunzaemon in the Edo period (1603-1868). In the Meiji period, the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro, bought the land and remodeled the garden to entertain guests as well as for the enjoyment of his employees.
Today it is famous for its very special stones, collected from all over Japan.

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Buildings
  • Stones and Stone
  • Constructions
  • Other Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around Kiyosumi garden

14 pages full of information about the Kiyosumi Garden
31 pictures of the gardens
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Directions

How to get there
Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station is the closest to the garden. It is served by the Hanzomon and Oedo Metro lines. From the station, walk 100m south.

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

Closed around New Year between December 29th and January 1st.

Admission
150 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都江東区清澄二・三丁目
EN: Tokyo, Koto-ku, Kiyosumi 2-3Chome
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Kajū-ji(勧修寺)

Kajū-ji、sometimes pronounced as Kanshu-ji, is the head temple of the Yamashina school of Shingon Buddhism. It was founded in year 900 (Heian period) by the emperor Daigo.

The garden has a large island pond with a great number of water lilies, iris and lotus. It is said that the ice of this pond had been collected on January 2nd of every year to be send to the Imperial Palace. Another feature of the garden is an uncommonly shaped stone lantern.
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Directions

How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the Tokaido/Sanyo line from platform 11 or 12 towards Omishiotsu. Get off the train after 5 minutes at the first stop Yamashina (山科) and change to the Tozai line towards Rokujizo (六地蔵). After 3 stops (6 minutes), you will arrive at Ono station (小野). From there, walk west, cross the river and you will get to the temple within 7 minutes.

Opening times
9am – 4pm

Admission
400 Yen

Address
JP: 京都府京都市山科区勧修寺仁王堂町27-6
EN: 27-6 Kanshuji Niodocho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto, 607-8226
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Kyū-Furukawa Teien(旧古河庭園)

The Kyū-Furukawa estate in Tokyo’s Kita-Ku has been built by Josiah Conder in 1917, the Japanese garden was designed by Ogawa Jihei. Josiah Conder was a British architect, who was invited to Japan in 1877 to teach architecture at the Imperial College of Engineering. He also wrote the Japanese garden classic ‘Landscape gardening in Japan’.

The Kyū-Furukawa garden has two main parts – the western-style villa with a beautiful rose garden in the upper part of the grounds. The lower part of the garden has a Shinji-ike (心字池), a pond shaped like the Chinese character for ‘heart’ or ‘mind’. There is also a dry waterfall, a tea house and a small stream with a 10m waterfall that feeds the pond. For 500 Yen, you can have tea and Japanese sweets in the tea house.

In autumn, when the roses are flowering (mid-October to late November), and the Japanese maples (mid-November to early December) show off their colorful foliage, the garden is especially delightful. But also in spring (late April to mid-May), the azaleas and the rose’s first flowers are in full bloom.

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Buildings
  • The Gardens
  • Other Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around Kyu-Furukawa Teien

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Directions

How to get there
The garden is 15 minutes by foot from the Komagome station (駒込駅, JR Yamanote line, Nanboku subway line). From the station, walk in northern direction.

Another option is to take the Keihin-Tohoku line to Kami-Nakazato (上中里) and walk towards the south.

Address
JP: 東京都北区西ヶ原 1-27-39
EN: 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo

Telephone
03-3910-0394

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

Closed around New Year between December 29th and January 1st.

Admission
150 Yen
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Hasedera(長谷寺)

A mystical kannon statue, hydrangea at full bloom, a modern dry landscape garden. This is the Hasedera temple in Kamakura, the probably second oldest temple in the city, also simply known as Hase kannon. It is the 4th station of the thirty-three Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto area.

The Hasedera temple is most famous for its eleven-headed Kannon statue, which is over 9 meters high. The temple is of the Jodo school of Buddhism and is said to have been founded in 736.

The Hasedera garden and Hojo-ike pond can be found just behind the temple entrance while it is advised to climb until the top of the mountain to have a stunning view over the ocean.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • History of the temple
  • Buildings
     -Kannon-dō
     -Amida-dō
     -Jizo-dō
     -Benten-dō/ Benten-kutsu
     -Daikoku-dō
     -Inari-sha
     -Kyōzō
     -Shoin
  • Gardens  -Go-en Garden
     -Mossy Pond Garden
     -Hojo Pond Garden
  • Plants in the Garden
  • The Kannon Museum
  • Events
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Anika’s Impressions
  • Access & Gerneral
  • Information
  • Around Hasedera

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31 pictures
17 MB
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Directions

How to get there
You can take a bus or the train from Kamakura station to get to Hase.
Kamakura bus number 4 (鎌4) takes you to the Hase-Kannon (長谷観音) bus stop in 7 minutes.

If you prefer to go by train, take Enoshima-Dentetsu line and get off at the third stop Hase station (長谷). It should take only 5 minutes.

If you are visiting the Great Buddha (Daibutsu, at Kotoku-in) in Hase, the temple is just a 10 minute walk away.

Opening times
March – September: 8am – 5pm
Otober – February: 8am – 4:30pm

Admission
300 yen

Address
EN: 11-2, Hase 3-chome, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0016
JP: 〒248-0016 神奈川県鎌倉市長谷3丁目11−2
Gardens

Happō-en(八芳園)

Nowadays, the beautiful Happō-en gardens serve mainly as a backdrop for traditional Japanese wedding parties and banquets. There is a kaiseki restaurant overlooking the Japanese garden and a tea house where visitors can get a bowl of green tea and Japanese sweets.

The Japanese garden has been built in the early 17th century in the old Edo’s gentle hills, and a natural stream runs through it. In the early 1915, the industrialist Fusanosuke Kuhara (久原 房之助) remodeled the garden and built most of today’s buildings.

Most of the bonsai trees in the garden are over 100 years old, one of them is 520 years old. The Suichin (水停) is a waterside resting arbor that seems to float above the pond.

Contents:
  • History
  • Buildings
  • Restaurants & Chapels
  • The Gates
  • Stone Works
  • Other Highlights
  • Anika’s Impressions
  • How to get there
  • Around Happō-en

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37 pictures of the garden

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Directions

How to get there
The closest station is Shirokane-dai (白金台). Namboku line and Mita line connect the station to the Yamanote ring line (Meguro station). In Shirokane-dai, take exit No. 2 to get to the garden.

Admission fee
No admission fee

Address
JP: 〒108-0071 東京都港区白金台1−1−1
EN: 〒108-0071 Tokyo, Minato-ku, Shirokanedai 1-1-1

Telephone
03-3443-3111
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