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Mirei Shigemori Residence

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Address: 34 Yoshidakamiojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8312, Kyoto Prefecture
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If you like dry Japanese gardens with a contemporary edge, don't miss the work of Shigemori, here at his former residence. The tour is brief, in Japanese, but that doesn't stand... read more

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like dry Japanese gardens with a contemporary edge, don't miss the work of Shigemori, here at his former residence. The tour is brief, in Japanese, but that doesn't stand in the way of enjoying the stunning garden. The tour guide is the devoted grandson of the designer, protective of the space, and willingly able to answer questions in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

I have become very enamored of the work of this modern master and took the chance to take this tour, even though I don't really speak Japanese. You get to see his house and the amazing garden he built there. If you are a fan of the "dry landscapes" this is a must visit. You can go on their website... More 

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I visited the Shigemori residence in May 2013. I had been warned that the tour would be conducted only in Japanese, but that I was welcome to visit. I was lucky enough to be with a Japanese friend who was able to summarize what she heard during the tour. Of course, it's not as good as hearing everything first hand;... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

I am a big admirer of Shigemori’s work and was really looking forward to see his home. My Japanese friend called the Mirei Shigemori Residence to get a reservation and was told I can visit the residence only if I speak Japanese or am accompanied by Japanese. Imagine the outcry if only German speaking visitors were allowed to visit Wagner... More 

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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 local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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