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Fundain Temple (Sesshuji Temple)芬陀院(雪舟寺)

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A Rinzai Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City and one of the Tofukuji Temple’s sub-temples. The temple’s traditional dry landscape garden, said to have been created by Sesshu Toyo, has been famously depicted in ink paintings and the temple is accordingly also known as the “Sesshu Temple.” The temple was founded in the Genko period (1321–1324) by Ichijo Uchitsune to memorialize his father, but after it was destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in the Genroku period (1688–1704) by Ichijo Kaneteru. Portions of the garden were destroyed in repeated fires and eventually restored by Mirei Shigemori in 1939. The southern “Crane and Tortoise” garden features an elegant representation of the islands of Tsurushima and Kameshima (Crane Island and Tortoise Island) floating in a “sea” of moss.

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place Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-803
phone 0755411761

Review of Fundain Sesshuji

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Reviewed:2018/11/20 静かに枯山水庭園を見つめよう
秋には凄まじい喧騒に包まれる東福寺
その片隅に佇むこちらは静かでほっこりできる
見どころは縁側の障子
手をかける引き手の場所に楓や松葉が透かして見て取れる
住職の細やかな心遣いで緑しかない庭園に紅葉の調べが漂う
Reviewed:2018/05/20 図南亭から眺める庭園は素晴らしい
東福寺の塔頭の一つ。雪舟が作庭したといわれる枯山水の庭園があることから雪舟寺と呼ばれています。それほど大きなお寺ではないですが、書院からゆっくりと庭園を眺めることができます。また、図南亭という茶室の丸窓から眺める庭園は素晴らしいです。拝観料は300円で、参拝者が多くなかったのでゆっくりと味わうことができました。
Reviewed:2018/04/27
雪舟の育った寺は東福寺の末寺という関係だそうです。彼が東福寺を訪れるたびに足繁く通って製作したという鶴亀の庭はぜひとも見てみたいと思いました。観光客も少なくて落ち着いていました。現在の庭は復元されたものだとかで、ちょっと力が弱かったです。

Details

Address

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-803 [map]

Phone

0755411761

Hours
[Apr.-Nov.]9:00-17:00
[Dec.-Mar.]9:00-16:00
Closed
open everyday (Admission fee is not allowed during the legal affairs)
Fees
[Adults (High School Students and above)] 300 yen [Junior High School Students/Children] 200 yen [under 6 years old] Free
Parking Lot
Available

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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