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Chikurin-in Temple竹林院


Originally founded by Prince Shotoku as the Chinzan-ji Temple and later dubbed the Josen-ji Temple by the great priest Kukai, this Buddhist temple was re-founded as the Chikurin-in Temple in 1385. The Gumpoen garden, considered one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, stretches out on the temple’s 33 thousand square meter grounds. The garden, a strolling garden with a central pond, is said to have been created by the great tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and renovated by the samurai Hosokawa Fujitaka. The garden is also famous for its cherry and camellia blossoms, which the great samurai leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself came to see and enjoy. The Chikurin-in Gumpoen Ryokan, a traditional temple inn located on the grounds, is 1,300 years old, and is said to have even been used by yamabushi, ascetic mountain hermits said to have supernatural powers. This popular inn still sees an unending stream of guests today.


Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2142 (YoshinoArea)

phone 0746328081


Review of Chikurinin Gumpoen

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/04/03 Fascinating!
A visit to this temple was like visiting a secret garden in a fairy tale where the bright flowers and sakuras bloom and overhang like weeping willows near a big pond.April seems to be the best month...
Reviewed:2016/01/04 Lovely, friendly staff and beautiful gardens
My partner and I visited this lovely ryokan during the cherry blossom season. It was my favourite accommodation during my 2.5 week visit to Japan.

The staff were exceptional and went out of their...
Reviewed:2015/02/09 Beautiful landscape garden - lovely for strolling
Fantastically lovely landscape temple garden.

The central pond is surrounded by sakura which were in full bloom when we visited on April 9. The grounds include a beautiful weeping sakura, one of...

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Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2142 [ map ]
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[Admission fee] 400 yen (Gunyoshien)
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          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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