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Entsu-ji Temple

Name 圓通寺 / Entsu-ji Temple
Adress Iwakura Hataedacho389, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-0015
Hours Open 10:00~16:30
Admission Adult   500 yen
University  500 yen
High school  500 yen
Junior high school  300 yen
Elementary school  300 yen

Entsu-ji was originally a villa built in 1639 by emperor Gomino. It was later converted to a temple, like many villas belonging to influential people (emperors, poets, writers, painters, daimyos, etc.) Their original purpose gives a hint on what you will find there: nice gardens and low buildings (no big main temple hall).

The garden of Entsu-ji has a few unique points. First it is delimited by a hedge, which not very common (walls were more popular back in the days). Also, instead of lying in a closed space, the garden is (partially) open and thus includes the surrounding landscape in its composition, particularly Mt Hiei which can be seen in the distance (when the weather is good!). At last, several tall pine trees are growing along the hedge, splitting the “borrowed” landscape of Mt Hiei and giving it a bit of extra structure. Other than that, the garden is classic, mostly covered by moss and groups of stones. Flowering plants are also placed here and there, satsuki and tsutsuji rhododendrons for the most part.


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