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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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.

34 Kamiojicho, Yoshida Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8312, Japan

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

Due to limited access by reservation only.
Explanations in Japanese only.

Reiun-in (Tōfuku-ji)  (霊雲院 東福寺)

Reiun-in is a sub temple of Tofuku-ji temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1526, and the gardens are said to have been built in 1543 (Muromachi period). Over the centuries, the gardens fell into disrepair and were renovated by the modern Japanese garden master Shigemori Mirei. The southern garden in front of the Shoin, the study, is called “Nine Mountains and Eight Seas”. Both this garden and the garden on the other side of the building clearly has “Shigemori” written all over it. He uses sand of different colors and curvilinear lines in his design.

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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
9am – 4pmt

300 yen

Zuihō-in (Daitoku-ji)  (瑞峯院)

Zuihō-in is an extraordinary temple in Kyoto: It was founded by daimyo Otomo, who was one of the early Christians in Japan. He founded the temple as his family temple; he and his wife are buried here as well. Garden designer Shigemori Mirei, who created the gardens in 1961, included a Garden of the Cross and even a statue of the Virgin Mary in reference to the founder.

The temple itself was built in 1546, after the Onin war (1467-77), so many of its building have never burnt and are still in their original shape.

The main garden to the south of the Hōjō is called Dokuza-tei (独坐庭 ). The Chinese characters mean Alone-Sitting-Garden and refer to an Island of the Taoist mythology. From the famous Horai-Zan, the Mountain of the Blessed, a long and thin peninsula protrudes into the rough sea. Even further away is a single island, sitting alone in the rough waters of the wide sea. If you look at the garden, it is actually really easy to see the Horai-zan in the right-hand corner, the peninsula in front of it and the rough sea.


History of Zuihō-in
-Shigemori Mirei-
   -Teahouse Yokei-an
   -Teahouse Anshō-ken
   -Teahouse Heisei-tai-an
   -Entry Garden
   -Tea gardens
Anika’s Impressions
Recommendations around Zuihō-in
Access & General Information
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12 pages full of information about the temple
21 pictures of the gardens



Zuiho-in Video

Watch the Zuiho-in video here.

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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.

400 Yen

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


Opening hours
9am – 5pm

Tokyo National Museum  (東京国立博物館)

The garden of the Tokyo National Museum became the home for 5 historical buildings gathered from all over Japan.
There is a teahouse called Tengōan (転合庵) that was designed by the famous Japanese tea master Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州) in Kyoto. Another, Kujōkan (九条館) was disassembled and brought here from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

The teahouses can be rented for tea ceremonies and haiku gatherings.

The garden is open for visitors in November, the peak season of autumn foliage and in spring during cherry blossom. It is located on the north side of the Honkan Gallery.

The Teahouses
Other Highlights
  Five-storied pagoda
  Remains of the Jurin-in Azekura Storehouse
  The gravestones of the Arima clan
  The Porcelain Lantern
  The Iron Lantern
Taking a walk with Anika
Around the Museum

13 pages full of information about the Tokyo National Museum
38 scenic pictures and descriptive illustrations

mobi 23MB

The eBook is delivered as PDF and mobi as a small present.

Tokyo National Museum Trailer
Watch the Tokyo National Museum trailer here.

RJG presents: The Tokyo National Museum from Real Japanese Gardens on Vimeo.

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How to get there
The National Museum is situated in the north part of Ueno park. The closest station is Ueno station, which is served by the Yamanote ring line and many other train lines.

Opening times
Open during the springtime cherry blossom and the autumn leaf-viewing seasons from
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admissin with general museum ticket: 600 Yen

東京都台東区上野公園13-9 東京国立博物館
Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno-koen 13-9