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Shosei-en Garden

#64 of 1,107 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Higashitamamizucho Shimojuzuyamachidori Ainomachi Higashi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-371-9210
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This is the detached garden of Higashi Honganji, which was donated by...

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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Beautiful garden

Shiseido-en Garden, also called Kikokutei, is a garden, which belongs to Higashi Honganji temple. From Higashi Honganji, you can walk about 5~6 minutes toward Kawaramachi, and you... read more

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 and a more peaceful atmosphere.

Thank Jon A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shiseido-en Garden, also called Kikokutei, is a garden, which belongs to Higashi Honganji temple. From Higashi Honganji, you can walk about 5~6 minutes toward Kawaramachi, and you can find easily it. It is also not far from JR Kyoto station. So, if you have two hours free, I recommend you strongly to visit this garden. The best season is at... More 

Thank Kimitaka S
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very traditional Japanese style garden in Kyoto, definitely worth visiting. At the entrance you have to pay 500 yen entrance fee for the garden's maintenance. A very old and huge cherry tree is right in front of you, it looks great!if you go during the cherry blossom period, it would be really nice. Highly recommend for photo... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful little stop off and wander before our train left for Hiroshima. Unfortunately the lake/pond had been drained for renovation, which meant we weren't able to see the complete beauty of the place. There is a 500Y charge each, which has been called an upkeep donation...

Thank Adam K
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Very central location, around 10min walk from Kyoto station. There's a small cover charge on entry of ¥300. The gardens are beautiful. They also provide a very high quality brochure on entry that has some great shots and information.

Thank Josh d
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This isolated garden is my favorite spot in all of Kyoto and I try my best to visit every time I come home for break. It's pretty isolated but accessible from Kyoto Station. I love how the scenery changes with season with different types of flowers blossoming. Some spots are most beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in its full... More 

Thank Makoto Y
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

10 mins walk from Kyoto station, this was one of the loveliest gardens we saw in Japan. It has lots of views , bridges, and water. The leaves were just turning when we were there and a couple were having photos taken on the covered bridge. Very peaceful, easily accessible and doesn't have to take up a huge amount of... More 

Thank hollowa2016
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

This garden is quite beautiful and amazingly close to the Kyoto terminal. There are several gardens, a central pond, and multiple amazing photo op locations! FYI, there is a small admission fee for the garden upkeep.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is a very beautiful garden and when we visited we were the only visitors at first. As mentioned the guide book as part of the reasonable entrance fee is glossy and very professional. It had started to drizzle, but it was still well worth the walk around to see. We liked the fact that it was not over-manicured and... More 

Thank PASP123
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Very beautiful, peaceful garden. Well worth the visit. We sa3w just as leaves were beginning to change and can imagine it is even more beautiful once the leaves are fully turned.

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