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31 Nanzenji Kusagawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8437, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-3909
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lovely small garden - much less touristed but delightful

Lovely garden which benefits from being a little off the main tourist trail - yet only a short walk... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
A hidden sight !!

I have lived in Kyoto for 5 years and I also got to know the garden recently. One place of history... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Kyoto, Japan
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Murin-an is a Japanese villa, a Western building and a garden built between 1894 to 1896 by Aritomo Yamagata, an Elder Statesman (advisor to the emperor) from the Meiji and Taisho Period. Jihei Ogawa VII (7th) created this garden under Yamagata’s instructions and to this day it is a favorite one of both Japanese and visitors from abroad. Its central point being Higashiyama Mountains with a spacious and bright open lawn area creates a naturalistic scenery, unique for its time. Also,the water of the flowing stream is taken in from the Lake Biwa Canal, a pioneer in such water construction in the villa cluster of the Okazaki neighbourhood. Today, we offer a variety of workshops to enjoy Japanese culture in the beautiful environment of a Japanese garden, ranging from Japanese tea to Noh theatre. Also, the gardeners invite to learn about the garden and its artistry as well as are avaialable for guidance (Reservation required). Murin-an is the spot to enjoy and learn about Japanese gardens. Why not enjoy your holiday afternoon with a cup of matcha tea at Murin-an?
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31 Nanzenji Kusagawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8437, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-771-3909
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Lovely garden which benefits from being a little off the main tourist trail - yet only a short walk from the modern art gallery. It simply wouldn't cope with large numbers. Peaceful despite being close to the road. Beautiful garden of maples, moss, flowing water....More

Thank gmbklm
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I have lived in Kyoto for 5 years and I also got to know the garden recently. One place of history was done at this place where a villa of an individual(politician) was made. Although I felt noisy as it is contract with the road,...More

Thank takeshi52
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Peaceful & historical, you can't go wrong with stopping by this old villa. It has surprisingly spacious grounds, perfect for sitting down and taking in the scenery. It has very interesting history regarding the Japan-Russia war of 1905.

Thank Christiana A
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Another lovely garden that is not as visited as many of the more famous gardens. It is a bit off the beaten track, but worth the price of admission and the effort to find it. Before we started our tour of the garden we had...More

Thank ALT44
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Not far from the Nanzenji complex, is this gem. Originally a late 19th century villa, it has very nice gardens, reasonable matcha tea, and a wonderful atmosphere. Some modern history was made here, which is a bonus. If you are in the area, don't miss...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 10 July 2015

This was built as a residence in 1894 by the political and military leader, Yamagata Aritomo, and has a Meiji period promenade garden in the back. A famous diplomatic meeting took place here just before the Russo-Japan war. There is a very attractive Sukiya style...More

Thank pontevecchio56
Reviewed 16 June 2015

If you like them green, that is. It's my favourite type of garden: "open spot in the woods". So not many flowers, a stream, all sheer perfection!

1  Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 10 May 2015

Far from bigger turistic sights, you might be seduced, as I've been once, by this tiny little place which actually seems quite bigger once you've stepped in. By its composition and the work it consists in terms of landscape design, it is definitely a hidden...More

Thank JC S
Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

This is situated in a busy ogazaki area with a lot of hustle and bustle going on with heian jingu and museums outside. The entrance is off to a side street. One you enter, you feel like you see miles away from the rest of...More

Thank singinggigi
Reviewed 4 November 2014

You can truly enjoy this garden the way that Japanese gardens are meant to be enjoyed. There is very little traffic, you can have a lovely cup of matcha (tea ceremony tea), and not only stroll the grounds, but sit on the engawa (outer passageway...More

Thank KatrinkaSD
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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