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Shosei-en Garden, Kyoto

4.3
#14 of 78 in Parks in Kyoto
Quiet and peaceful despite its city-center location, Shosei-en Garden provides a photogenic oasis of tranquility featuring an attractive lake, trees, and flowers. Dating back to the 9th century, but with its present layout designed in 1641, the garden's meandering paths take you to a number former tea houses set in different areas. The well-kept garden features a pond brimming with carp and green turtles, while blue herons nest in tree branches overhead. Not far from the Buddhist Higashi Honganji Temple to which it belongs, the garden sits only 10 minutes by foot from Kyoto's central train station. Make Shosei-en Garden a centerpiece of your Kyoto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kyoto day trip planning tool .
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  • Although this temple is near the station, tourists don’t seem to walk the extra distance to visit here. It was quite quiet the day we were there. Be sure to notice the high stone walls surrounding the...  more »
  • I went to Kyoto after a long trip. Because it was close to the stayed, it has been a visit in the morning. Ishikawa Takeyamake The garden is wonderful and you can enjoy the views of the seasons. 45 years ago at the East Hongan-ji Temple ground precinct, I applied for a free visit to Higashi-san, but now it is 500 yen. There are few people who can enjoy the quiet Kyoto garden around Kyoto station.
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