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Taizoin Garden

#140 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: 35 Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-463-2855
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600...

Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600 years. It showcases a dry landscape garden by Kano Motonobu, a Zen painting "Catching a Catfish with a Gourd", known as "Hyonenzu" and a Japanese botanical pond garden "Yoko-en" with Suikinkutsu, which is an ornament for the garden as well as a music device named after a Japanese musical instrument, Koto. Access BY TRAIN: Take a JR train on Sagano Line. 12min. from Kyoto Station. Please get off at Hanazono Station. 7 minute walk from Hanazono Station. BY BUS: Several buses are available from the major tourist sites in Kyoto. Please get off at either Myoshinji-mae Stop or Myoshinji Kitamon-mae Stop.

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Beautiful gardens to visit

Lovely place to spend an afternoon. Relaxing and peaceful. Would recommend for anyone visiting Hanazono

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carole C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to spend an afternoon. Relaxing and peaceful. Would recommend for anyone visiting Hanazono

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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This beautiful garden is tucked into a huge temple complex in Kyoto. It is as serene and tranquil a setting as one could possibly wish for. In particular, there is an exquisite small lake with benches for rest and contemplation. After a day of touring Kyoto sights, it was a wonderful respite. The garden is a lovely combination of sights... More 

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was my second trip to Kyoto, so I've done all the must see destinations previously and was looking more for a tourist free and peaceful place. Taizo-in is now my absolute favorite temple in Kyoto. I was there on a Thursday morning around 11am and was able to enjoy the garden all on my own. The garden is absolutely... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Taizo-in is a sub temple in the large Myoshinji complex. If you like Japanese gardens, then by all means don't miss it. It is one of the finest gardens I have seen in Japan. It's a small pond-stroll garden, exquisitely designed to make the compact garden an immensely satisfying experience. It is truly lovely, and when I have visited, there... More 

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This beautiful garden is situated in the suburbs of Kyoto and in a Buddhist temple. There are three gardens depicting the wet, dry and combined. A place of utter tranquility and peace. Please visit.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 26 December 2015

Visited this little place, very peaceful and quiet, with less visitors. However, nowhere near as spectacular as some of the other sites in Kyoto.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

The Taizo-in temple is a Zen Buddhist facility that is the oldest of the 40 subordinate temples within the Myoshin-ji temple complex that can be found in northwest Kyoto. Taizo-in was established by the daimyo Hatano Shigemichi in 1404. I usually don’t visit Buddhist temples, because they rarely have high quality gardens and the buildings rarely adhere to the wabi-sabi... More 

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Reviewed 18 December 2014

Taizoin near our Daishin-in shukubo in the large tranquil off the beaten path Nyoshinji temple complex by Hanazono JR station has 3 rock gardens, koi pond connected by beautiful pathways and Kannon statue over looking the cemetery. They also have the Japan's oldest sumie drawing.

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Reviewed 24 October 2014

Taizoin is a sub temple of the large Myoshin-In complex , easily reached by Kyoto city bus 91 or 93, which stop outside the temple gates . There's no entry fee for the grounds , but Taizoin has a 600 yen charge --worth it! The pond, waterfall, & plantings were gorgeous this fall, and no doubt are charming in every... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We visited here because we'd had enough of the crowds at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji temples. It is about a 15-20 minute walk straight down from Ryoanji but it took longer because we stopped to look at other temples and garden areas in the Myoshinji area. This garden was lovely, there were only a few people here visiting so it was... More 

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