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Address: 31 Nanzenji Kusagawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8437, Kyoto Prefecture
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lovely small garden - much less touristed but delightful

Lovely garden which benefits from being a little off the main tourist trail - yet only a short walk from the modern art gallery. It simply wouldn't cope with large numbers... read more

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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely garden which benefits from being a little off the main tourist trail - yet only a short walk from the modern art gallery. It simply wouldn't cope with large numbers. Peaceful despite being close to the road. Beautiful garden of maples, moss, flowing water. Especially as viewed from the tea house. Nice place to enjoy your matcha and Japanese... More 

Thank gmbklm
Kyoto, Japan
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

I have lived in Kyoto for 5 years and I also got to know the garden recently. One place of history was done at this place where a villa of an individual(politician) was made. Although I felt noisy as it is contract with the road, the garden where Higashi-yama was borrowed is a modern one, but it is a lot... More 

Thank takeshi52
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Peaceful & historical, you can't go wrong with stopping by this old villa. It has surprisingly spacious grounds, perfect for sitting down and taking in the scenery. It has very interesting history regarding the Japan-Russia war of 1905.

Thank Christiana A
Surprise, Arizona
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182 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Another lovely garden that is not as visited as many of the more famous gardens. It is a bit off the beaten track, but worth the price of admission and the effort to find it. Before we started our tour of the garden we had a cup of matcha and a Japanese sweet in the teahouse. Very refreshing, and a... More 

Thank ALT44
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Not far from the Nanzenji complex, is this gem. Originally a late 19th century villa, it has very nice gardens, reasonable matcha tea, and a wonderful atmosphere. Some modern history was made here, which is a bonus. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

Thank Daniel B
San Diego, California
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

This was built as a residence in 1894 by the political and military leader, Yamagata Aritomo, and has a Meiji period promenade garden in the back. A famous diplomatic meeting took place here just before the Russo-Japan war. There is a very attractive Sukiya style building, where you can enter and enjoy a cup of tea, and there is also... More 

Thank pontevecchio56
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

If you like them green, that is. It's my favourite type of garden: "open spot in the woods". So not many flowers, a stream, all sheer perfection!

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Versailles, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2015

Far from bigger turistic sights, you might be seduced, as I've been once, by this tiny little place which actually seems quite bigger once you've stepped in. By its composition and the work it consists in terms of landscape design, it is definitely a hidden treasure of Japanese garden art. All its genius consist in making you feel like in... More 

Thank JC S
San Mateo, California
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425 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

This is situated in a busy ogazaki area with a lot of hustle and bustle going on with heian jingu and museums outside. The entrance is off to a side street. One you enter, you feel like you see miles away from the rest of the world. The kanji characters mean "no neighbors". I felt that was a correct nomenclature... More 

Thank singinggigi
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014

You can truly enjoy this garden the way that Japanese gardens are meant to be enjoyed. There is very little traffic, you can have a lovely cup of matcha (tea ceremony tea), and not only stroll the grounds, but sit on the engawa (outer passageway of the house) to enjoy the view, just as the original owners might have done.... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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