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Shoseien Garden

Name 渉成園 / Shoseien Garden
Adress Higashitamamizucho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8190
Hours Open 9:00~17:00
Admission 500yen

Shosei-en is a second residence of Higashi Hongan-ji, that originally was constructed as a retreat of the chief priest Sen’nyo (1602-1658). This place is also called Kikoku-tei (Trifoliate Orange Mansion) because it was surrounded by trifoliate orange trees.

The garden is a Chisen-Kaiyu-Shiki teien (pond stroll garden) with buildings such as tea-ceremony houses arranged here and there. The garden has somewhat different atmosphere than usual Japanese gardens. The gardener for Shosei-en says that the garden looks like a park more than a garden probably because of the large lawn and the pond next to it.

Regrettably, recent developments in the downtown Kyoto has been making concrete buildings be seen from the garden.


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