About a 10-minute walk from Nanzen-ji Temple is the garden of Murin-an
. There are usually not many people at it, and the spacious garden has a stately feel to it, but you can still feel relaxed here. This used to be the villa of a famous politician, but as it had no neighbors at the time, it’s called “no-neighbors” in Japanese (Murin-an).
There is an exhibition on the first floor of the Western building, where you get to learn about the history of Murin-an. The building is made from red brick, and is in dark contrast with the Japanese building, giving it a completely different atmosphere. From the second floor, you get to see the beautiful garden below you, so stop here for a moment, and enjoy the view!