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Zuihoin Garden

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Address: Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-491-1454

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Powerful setting of rocks and gravel

A beautiful rock garden subtemple within Daitoku-ji grounds and one of its most interesting spots. Moss, rocks and gravel together in quite a majestic display with some height... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

A beautiful rock garden subtemple within Daitoku-ji grounds and one of its most interesting spots. Moss, rocks and gravel together in quite a majestic display with some height, too, unlike many more other horizontal settings.

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Saint-Hilaire-d'Ozilhan, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Zuihō-in is an extraordinary temple in Kyoto: It was founded by the feudal lord or daimyo Otomo, who was one of the early Christians in Japan. Garden designer Shigemori Mirei, who created the gardens in 1961, included a Garden of the Cross and even a statue of the Virgin Mary in reference to the founder.

Thank Ozilhan
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Stopped here during our family cycling tour for a brief visit. It was so peaceful as we were the only visitors at the time. Loved the story of the monk raking that beautiful pebble pattern in the zen garden first thing in the morning to clear his mind.

Thank ath2011ath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

This place is located in the Daitokuji - a type of Zen Buddhist Monastery and is one of the 22 sub temples. It has between 1 and 3 monks living there and is well worth a quiet wander to appreciate the gardens and buildings. Quiet and not over-visited.

Thank johnsuggestions
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The grounds and the buildings were beautiful. It was very peaceful and relaxing to wander the grounds. There were not a lot of people around so you didn't have to fight the crowds. We were able to participate in a tea ceremony which was fascinating. We enjoyed talking to the reverend via an interpreter.

Thank Dianne H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Zuiho-in is a subsidiary temple of the large Daitokuji complex of Kyoto. Those temples are not crowded in this season of fall foliage viewing, while quite interesting. Zuiho-in allow photos, which the others rarely do. The main gate and the Hojo building date from the early 16th century. There are 2 very good Karesansui [dry landscape garden] designed in 1961... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Zuiho-in is the smallest of the four temples that are open regularly for visiting in Daitoku-ji Complex of Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto. It has an interesting history, because it was founded by a warlord called Sorin Otomo that converted to Christianity, becoming one of the first Japanese to do that. He became known then as a Christian Daimyo (warlord).... More 

Thank JuPereira
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We visited this Temple where we had a Zen meditation with the resident monk and after a Tea Ceremony where we were served tea by the monk himself and his assistants. The zen garden there was magnificent.

Thank Anton F

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.