|Name||渉成園 / Shoseien Garden|
|Adress||Higashitamamizucho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8190|
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.