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Showcasing seasonal beauty in the Zen garden of Taizo-in
Taizo-in Temple (inside Myoshin-ji)/ 退蔵院
The oldest of the 46 sub-temples within Myoshin-ji, Taizo-in Temple is open for the public to visit the beautiful zen garden and the display of famous drawing by Josetsu, an artist who popularized Chinese art. The drawing is called, “Hyounenzu” which features a man trying to catch a catfish (namazu) with a gourd-shaped container (hyotan). Check out the namazu and hyotan symbols throughout the temple like at the entrance of the garden or in the original goods that are sold inside. Taizo-in is a p...moreopular spot to see the cherry blossom trees during spring time and the maples leaves during autumn season. There are special admissions during the spring and autumn season, so check their website for more details.
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Must See !
Check out the guard-shaped, or hyotan-shaped pond. Once upon a time, several namazu catfish were released in the pond, but now several koi fish stands out swimming freely in the water. The pond is surrounded by beautifully maintained garden which includes seasonal plants that flourish according to season.
Must See !
At the entrance of the garden, you will be approaching this large rock in the ground. It is said that a whole rock was cut in half, and that half of a rock is what’s being buried to the ground. Right after you step through this entrance with the enormous rock in the ground, you will find a beautiful sakura tree right in your front of your sight. Experience an amazing entrance to the beautiful Zen garden of Taizo-in.
Must Do !
Pour The Streaming Water
You must find this streaming water shown in the picture. What is amazing about this little water fall is that when you pour some water with the ladle straight into the rocky ground, it makes a unique sound as water flows down. You must try it out to find out for yourself!
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Please do not step on the wooden platforms with your shoes on.
Taizo-in Temple (inside Myoshin-ji)
|Categories||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||35 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu|
|Directions||7 minute-walk from JR Sanin Hanazono Stn|
|Hours||9am - 5pm
|Closed||No regular holidays|
|Notes||The private Buddha hall (Hon-do) is closed to the public except during special temple tours such as during spring and autumn season. Check their website for more details.|
|Fee||General admission ￥500
Children (under 15 years old) ￥300
Special viewing (with English guidance/ 30 min.) is available for groups of more than 10 persons ￥1,000
*Please note that English tours require reservation.
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
English pamphlet is available
|Information||Japanese and English|
|Languages spoken||Japanese only with occasional English tours|