Murin-an, a villa located near Nanzen-ji temple, was built during the years 1894-1896 by Yamagata Aritomo, a senior statesman of the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods.
The small villa has a good Chisen-Kaiyu-shiki (Pond-Stroll) garden designed by Yamagata himself and laid out by Ogawa Jihei the 7th, a master gardener.
Laid out on a gentle slope in Higashiyama area, the beautiful garden has a three-tiered waterfall, streams and a pond using water from Biwako-Sosui canal.
Buildings consist of three structures, a two storied wooden main house, a tea ceremony house and a two storied western style building that was built in 1898. The walls of a room on the second floor is decorated with early-17th-century works of the Kano school, one of the most famous schools of Japanese painting.
How to get to Murin-an
- 29 minutes by Kyoto City Bus No. 5 from Kyoto Station to Jingu-michi Bus stop then 10 minutes on foot, or
- 23 minutes from Kyoto Station to Kyoto-Kaikan-Bijutsukan-mae bus stop by Kyoto city bus No. 5 or 100 then 9 minutes on foot, or
- 7 minutes on foot from Keage station of subway Tozai line.
Hours and Admission
April to June : 8:30-18:00
July and August : 7:30-19:00
September and October : 8:30-18:00
December to March: 8:30-17:00
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Open daily except for December 29-31.
All except the following: 410 yen
Children under school age: free
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