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The Sesshu Garden at Joei-ji Temple常栄寺 雪舟庭


According to tradition, the Sesshu Garden was designed around 500 years ago by the famous painter-monk Sesshu Toyo as the garden for what was then the villa of the local lord Ouchi Masahiro. A temple was later built on the site of the villa. The Sesshu Garden is located on the north side of the Hon-do (Main Hall) of the temple, the name of which was changed from the Myoki-ji Temple to the Joei-ji Temple. The Garden has been designated as a National Historic Site and as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese-style garden with forested hills behind it on the eastern, western and northern sides features a pond with four artificial islands in it, surrounded by carefully-arranged rocks and a “dry waterfall” of stones; visitors get a real sense of the culture of the Muromachi period when the garden was built.


Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Miyanoshimo 2001-1 (Yamaguchi / ShuhoArea)

phone 0839222272


Review of Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/05/04 Very peaceful
If you have the time, it is worth a visit. We went on a rainy day so no one was there. We had the garden to ourselves. I would like to visit it again on a sunny day so I can walk up the hill further...
Reviewed:2017/04/01 Stunning garden
Not sure why people bother with the crowds at Kyoto when there are places like this in lesser known parts of Japan. Beautiful garden, lovely house and so peaceful.
Reviewed:2015/08/17 Various views of Sesshu Garden at 29th Ouchi-Lord, ca.500 years ago.
29th Ouchi-Lord ( ca.500 years ago) asked to Sesshu for garden of mountain rock with water, where you can see different three views of the garden among stones, pond and water-fall surrounded the...

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Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Miyanoshimo 2001-1 [ map ]
Yamaguchi / ShuhoArea
open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults300yen, High school students 200yen, Elementary school age students and underFree
Parking Lot
Available 30spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 10, 2020 (Information as of May 8, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Pet friendly
Yes (Please be sure to hold in a building such as the main hall.)

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