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
November: 7:30-18:00
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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A wall around Murin-an The entrance to the garden Shakkei
A wall around Murin-an.
May 1, 2009
The entrance to the garden.
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Shakkei. Mt. Higashiyama is used as an object of borrowed scenery.
May 1, 2009
Stepping stones A two storied wooden house A path in the garden
Stepping stones to the wooden house.
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A two storied wooden house.
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A path in the garden.
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Suhama, a pebble beach A pond and azaleas A three-tiered waterfall and a stream
Suhama, a pebble beach.
May 1, 2009
A pond and azaleas
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A three-tiered waterfall and a stream.
May 1, 2009
shidoro, a stone lantern The pond and a maple tree A stream
Ishidoro, a stone lantern.
May 1, 2009
The pond and a maple tree.
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A stream.
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A tea ceremony house A room of the tea ceremony house
A tea ceremony house.
May 1, 2009
A room of the tea ceremony house. The size of this room is Sanjo-Daime (three tatami mats and a smaller Daime tatami with an alcove).
May 1, 2009