Museums & Sights



The oldest and most famous of Myoshin-ji’s sub-temples is renowned for its tranquil gardens. A rock creation by master painter and former resident Motonobu Kano (1476-1559) resembles a cascade of water, while a mid 20th century stroll garden with pond features a verdant landscape of azaleas. Several times a month, the temple offers English speakers a chance to experience Zen practice. The half-day events take in calligraphy, meditation, a tea ceremony and a shojin ryori lunch. It’s an invaluable introduction to the ideas behind some of Kyoto’s star attractions.

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Review updated October 2009


35 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Hanazono station (Sagano line) or Myoshinji station (Keifuku line).

Telephone 075 463 2855

Open 9am-5pm daily.

Admission Admission ¥500.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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