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Enjoy the beautiful picture frame garden in Ohara
Hosen-in Temple/ 宝泉院
Located in Ohara, Kyoto where it takes about an hour trip from Kyoto Station, Hosen-in Temple gives you a calm and solemn moment with its beautiful garden. When you enter the main hall, you may be amazed by the huge window frames without windows just in front of the garden. You can enjoy this beautiful garden in the back of the main hall so that the whole scenery starts to look like one picture in the frame. Matcha tea and Japanese sweets are served if you would like, so please taste them while ...moreenjoying the gorgeous garden.
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When you enter the main hall, there is a huge tree in front of you. This pine-tree is about 700 years old and it is very famous as it has a beautiful shape of Fuji Mountain in Shiga Prefecture when you see it from the gate outside. It is a unique pine-tree as it has five leaves in one cluster. It is suggested that you enjoy this garden in the back of the main hall so that it looks as if it is one picture framed with pillars of the temple.
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Around 1600, there was the Battle of Fushimi Castle in Kyoto. The samurai of Fushimi lost the fight and about 370 of them committed seppuku, also known as suicide. The planks used as the ceiling were originally used as floor where these samurai committed suicide. You can still see the stains of the cruel events and there are actually stains of the eyebrow, the eyes, the nose and the mouth of dying samurai. All these stains are from the blood of the samurai warriors.
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If you would like to enjoy matcha, the temple staff will serve you some matcha tea and Japanese sweets. We suggest that you enjoy matcha tea on the red carpet near the veranda first and then move to the back of the main hall as you may see the different pictures of this beautiful garden with tasty matcha.
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Listen To Suikinkutsu–A Water Harp
When you enter the main hall, there are two bamboo poles on the left side of the main hall. If you get close to them, you may hear the beautiful water drop sound. It is called Suikinkutsu, or a water harp. There is a buried earthen jar that makes sound when water drips into it. The sounds are different each time depending on the size of the water drops. You may enjoy listening to the peaceful sounds in the solemn garden.
|Categories||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||187, Ohara Shorinincho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-1241|
|Directions||10-minute walk from Ohara bus stop by City bus #17 and #18 from JR Kyoto Station|
|Hours||9am - 5pm (must enter by 4:30pm)
|Fee||Adults ￥800 (includes matcha tea and Japanese sweets)
Junior and high school students ￥700
Elementary school students ￥600
*Group discount is available (30 people or more)
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
There are English brochures at the entrance and also a staff who speaks fluent English and can explain the historical events happened in this temple (not always in the temple).
|Information||Japanese and English|
|Languages spoken||Japanese and English|