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35 Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2855
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Beautiful gardens to visit

Lovely place to spend an afternoon. Relaxing and peaceful. Would recommend for anyone visiting... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Carole C
via mobile
Simply lovely.

This beautiful garden is tucked into a huge temple complex in Kyoto. It is as serene and tranquil... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Fairfield, California
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Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600 years. It showcases a dry landscape garden by Kano Motonobu, a Zen painting "Catching a Catfish with a Gourd", known as "Hyonenzu" and a Japanese botanical pond garden "Yoko-en" with Suikinkutsu, which is an ornament for the garden as well as a music device named after a Japanese musical instrument, Koto. Access BY TRAIN: Take a JR train on Sagano Line. 12min. from Kyoto Station. Please get off at Hanazono Station. 7 minute walk from Hanazono Station. BY BUS: Several buses are available from the major tourist sites in Kyoto. Please get off at either Myoshinji-mae Stop or Myoshinji Kitamon-mae Stop.
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35 Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-463-2855
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to spend an afternoon. Relaxing and peaceful. Would recommend for anyone visiting Hanazono

Thank Carole C
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This beautiful garden is tucked into a huge temple complex in Kyoto. It is as serene and tranquil a setting as one could possibly wish for. In particular, there is an exquisite small lake with benches for rest and contemplation. After a day of touring...More

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was my second trip to Kyoto, so I've done all the must see destinations previously and was looking more for a tourist free and peaceful place. Taizo-in is now my absolute favorite temple in Kyoto. I was there on a Thursday morning around 11am...More

Thank Kateryna G
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Taizoin is one of the affiliates of Myoshinji Temple. It is open to public. I heard that their cherry blossoms are beautiful, but unfortunately it was not the time as I visited. Their gardens with and without water are both very beautiful. Don't forget to...More

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Taizo-in is a sub temple in the large Myoshinji complex. If you like Japanese gardens, then by all means don't miss it. It is one of the finest gardens I have seen in Japan. It's a small pond-stroll garden, exquisitely designed to make the compact...More

1  Thank Leonard G
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This beautiful garden is situated in the suburbs of Kyoto and in a Buddhist temple. There are three gardens depicting the wet, dry and combined. A place of utter tranquility and peace. Please visit.

Thank ChefCliveM
Reviewed 1 February 2016

In contrast to other lovely gardens, this one provides a really peaceful experience because it is not so crowded.

Thank gavelcabin
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Visited this little place, very peaceful and quiet, with less visitors. However, nowhere near as spectacular as some of the other sites in Kyoto.

Thank M K
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Beautiful zen garden with not so many tourists so I you can enjoy peaceful energy . Maccha in the tea room was a delicate and true experience 🍀

Thank blossomzen
Reviewed 2 July 2015

The Taizo-in temple is a Zen Buddhist facility that is the oldest of the 40 subordinate temples within the Myoshin-ji temple complex that can be found in northwest Kyoto. Taizo-in was established by the daimyo Hatano Shigemichi in 1404. I usually don’t visit Buddhist temples,...More

4  Thank pontevecchio56
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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