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Enjoy the four seasons of Japan in the zen garden of Taizo-in Temple

Taizo-in Temple (sub-temple of Myoshin-ji)

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Taizo-in Temple
The oldest of the 46 sub-temples within or close to Myoshin-ji premises, Taizo-in Temple is open for the public to visit the beautiful zen garden and see the display of a famous drawing by Josetsu, an artist who popularized Chinese art in Japan. The drawing is called, “Hyonenzu” 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 on the merchandise that ...moreis sold inside. Taizo-in is a popular spot to see the cherry blossom trees during spring time and the maples leaves during autumn season. The temple has special events during the year, so remember to check their website!
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Taizo-in is one of several sub temples within Myoshin-ji. The temple is worth the visit especially if you love koi fish (ornamental carp). The garden is beautifully maintained, and during spring season, the sakura trees blossom attracting many people. They also have special tours during spring and autumn. Reservations are accepted online, so I recommend checking out their website for more details.
The pond
Must See !
The Pond
Check out the gourd-shaped, or hyotan-shaped pond. Once upon a time, several namazu catfish were released in the pond, but now several koi fish stand out swimming freely in the water. The pond is surrounded by beautifully maintained garden which includes seasonal plants that flourish according to season.
The rock
Must See !
The Rock
To enter the garden, you have to walk on this enormous rock that is buried in the ground. It is said that the rock was cut in half, and then one half of it was buried here in the ground. Right after walking over the rock you get to see a beautiful sakura cherry tree right in front of you. Experience the wonderfully quaint rock and the sakura tree.
Pour some water on a rock
Must Do !
Pour some water on a rock
You must try to find this little “water fall” shown in the picture. What is amazing about this “water fall” is that when you pour some water with the ladle straight onto the rocky ground, you can hear the water streaming down. Try it yourself and listen!
Manner & Tips
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Please do not step on the wooden platforms with your shoes on.
Taizoin Appearance Photo
Taizo-in Temple (sub-temple of Myoshin-ji)
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-463-2855
Address 35 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Directions 7 minute-walk from JR Sanin Hanazono Stn
Hours 9am - 5pm
Reservations Accepted
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
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English pamphlet is available
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese only with occasional English tours
Taizo-in Temple (sub-temple of Myoshin-ji) +81 75-463-2855 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. 3/3

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