Aug. 21, 2020 UPDATE
Taizo-in Temple (sub-temple of Myoshin-ji)- 退蔵院 -
English pamphlet is available
Japanese and English
Japanese only with occasional English tours
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Enjoy the four seasons of Japan in the zen garden of 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 is 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!
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.
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
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!
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Please do not step on the wooden platforms with your shoes on.