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Shosei-en Garden渉成園


This garden is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. An enclave of Higashi Honganji Temple, known as Ohigashi-san, it was designed by Ishikawa Jozan. You can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, with irises and water lilies in the summer, and the changing color of leaves in the autumn. Because karatachi (Japanese bitter-orange) trees are planted around it, the garden is also known as Kikoku-tei (house of karatachi).


Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho (Kawaramachi / ShijokarasumaArea)

phone 0753719210

[Mar.-Oct.] 9:00-17:00 (Reception is until 16:30)
[Nov.-Feb.] 9:00-16:00 (Reception is until 15:30)

Review of Shosei-en Garden

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/12/01 The most beautiful garden we visited on our Japan tour
We visited this garden after doing a tour of the famous Castle adjacent. You need to allow a minimum of 1 hour but to see and appreciate at a more leisurely pace certainly all is more time. After...
Reviewed:2019/09/15 Honestly, a waste of time and money
This garden costs 500¥ per person to enter. The sign says that proceeds go towards the upkeep of the garden, but honestly, it is pretty overrun with weeds and doesnt seem that anyone does anything...
Reviewed:2019/06/13 Just a lovely garden
We missed the cherry blossom but found plenty of other spring delights here.

The taxi driver took us right to the gate, surprised that we wanted to go to the garden rather than the imposing temple a...

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Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho [ map ]
Kawaramachi / ShijokarasumaArea
[Mar.-Oct.] 9:00-17:00 (Reception is until 16:30)
[Nov.-Feb.] 9:00-16:00 (Reception is until 15:30)
open everyday
[Garden Maintenance Donation] 500 yuan or more, High School Students or less 250 yards or more
* For those who have paid 500 yen or more,
Parking Lot
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Credit Card
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[Main shrine visiting entertainment center directly] 075-371-9210

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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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