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Shosei-en Garden

Higashitamamizucho Shimojuzuyamachidori Ainomachi Higashi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-371-9210
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This is the detached garden of Higashi Honganji, which was donated by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the 3rd shōgun, in 1641. It covers an area of about 33,000 square meters (8 acres) and was designed by Jōzan Ishikawa. The various structures in this garden were destroyed twice by fire in 1858 and 1864 and the present construction took place during the Meiji period. This garden is filled with many kinds of flowers throughout the year, and the colorful scenery is highly appreciated. Currently, Ingetsu-chi Pond in Shōsei-en Garden is undergoing renovation so we lower water levels in the pond from January 1, 2017 to March 25, 2017. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation. Shinsetsu-kyō (Snow-capped Bridge) in Shōsei-en Garden is undergoing renovation due to deterioration. The renovation period is March 1, 2017 to the end of October 2017. Please cross Kaitō-rō (Chinese corridor-style Bridge) to get to Shukuen-tei (Tea House). Please watch your step when you pass someone on the bridge. Also, currently we lower water levels in the pond, Ingetsu-chi due to the renovation. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.
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Higashitamamizucho Shimojuzuyamachidori Ainomachi Higashi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-371-9210
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Nice quiet garden with beautiful pond to view autumn leaves. Beautiful bridge over a pond to take photos. Away from crowd during peak autumn season to slowly enjoy the view and take photos. A small price to pay, which is use to maintain the garden,...More

Thank Wilsonshirleyamelia
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

A short walk from the higashi temple which is next to the kyoto tower. This is such a gem and such a scenic walk around the gardens and buildings and lakes. Absolutely love it....

Thank Julian F
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We visited this garden ten years ago and were impressed with its beauty and tranquility. However this time was rather disappointing as parts were closed and ponds empty and one bridge closed and being renovated. The gardens did not appear to be well kept and...More

Thank Mon55
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely traditional Japanese garden. Very tranquil and pretty. Large with extensive tea houses and ponds. Opportunity to go upstairs in one of the buildings and see the view of the whole garden. There was some maintenance work going on but that will only make the...More

Thank watty-rugby
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Shosei en Garden is a nice Japanese garden very close to the Kyoto station. For a small fee you can enter this garden with many traditional Japanese buildings (e.g. tea houses). There are guides in the park that provide information about the buildings and park.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

This garden is a very short walk from a fabulous Temple complex on arrival you pay your 500 yen and enter the garden . From then on it's down hill . The garden is poorly maintained and and the main pond is a muddy mess...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

A wonderful place to get photos as a couple. Many beauty spots and wonderful views where you can take your time as you walk round. Well worth a late afternoon stroll after a busy morning.

Thank Daryl S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

If you have time, visit this lovely garden just a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station. Very peaceful and serene, it is a typical well designed Japanese garden.

Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Visited in the morning so there weren't a lot of people there. Was very beautiful and peaceful. Some maintenance going on. 500 yen to visit, includes a nice little booklet about the place.

Thank Pam W
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This garden is under construction, I think until September 2017, meaning one can't "circulate" as intended. Also, as noted by others, it is not all that well maintained. We enjoyed our stroll, but found there were bottlenecks even with few visitors. I expected better views...More

2  Thank Jon A
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub,
Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining,
and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with
tourists and local business travelers, making it a
competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
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30 November 2017|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
I have visited this garden last year in the first week of December. it's the end of the autumn season and if lucky some trees have their coloured leaves. I found it still beautifull. Look also if there are evening opening... More
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