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Places of interest in the vicinity

Zuiho-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji


Zuiho-in has a couple of good modern Karesansui (dry landscape) gardens that were laid out in 1961 by Shigemori Mirei (1896-1975).

Hojo building and Omote-mon gate were built with typical Zen style at about the same time the temple was founded. The two structures are Important cultural assets.


Zuiho-in temple was founded in 1535 by Otomo Sorin (Otomo Yoshishige, 1530-1587), who was later baptized and became one of a few Christian lords in Japan.

How to get to Zuiho-in

37 minutes from Kyoto Station to Daitoku-ji-mae by Kyoto City Bus 206, then 5 minutes on foot.

Hours and Admission


High school students and older: 400 yen
Junior high school students and Elementary school pupils (1st - 9th graders): 300 yen


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Omote-mon shidoro (a stone lantern) and a stone pavement Dokuza-tei
Omote-mon (the front gate). An important cultural property that was built in the early 16th century.
October 25, 2008
Ishidoro (a stone lantern) and a stone pavement that reaches the Genkan (Kara-mon).
October 25, 2008
Dokuza-tei, the "Garden of Solitary Meditation", in front of Hojo building.
October 25, 2008
Dokuza-tei garden and Genkan A stone bridge in Dokuza-tei garden The west end of Dokuza-tei
Dokuza-tei garden and Genkan.
October 25, 2008
A stone bridge in Dokuza-tei garden.
October 25, 2008
The west end of Dokuza-tei is in front of Yokei-an, a tea ceremony house. Traditional Chaniwa, a tea ceremony house garden has trees but Shigemori made this garden without them. Only a line of stepping stones makes this garden look like Chaniwa.
October 25, 2008
Kanmin-tei garden Ishidoro, a stone lantern Tsukubai
Kanmin-tei garden, the "Garden of a Quiet Sleep". Seven stones are laid out to form a cross. On the right of the photo is Ansho-ken, a tea ceremony house
October 25, 2008
Ishidoro, a stone lantern.
October 25, 2008
October 25, 2008
Inside of Ansho-ken A room of Ansho-ken Chrysanthemum
Inside of Ansho-ken.
October 25, 2008
A room of Ansho-ken.
October 25, 2008
October 25, 2008