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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... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2016
A Christian Zen garden

Zuihō-in is an extraordinary temple in Kyoto: It was founded by the feudal lord or daimyo Otomo... read more

Reviewed December 2, 2015
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May 26, 2017
“Wonderful Quiet Zen Rock Garden”
Oct 3, 2016
“Quiet rock garden gem”
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Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-491-1454
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

I was in Japan as a student 50 years ago and noted in my scrapbook that Zuiho-in was my favorite Zen garden. So I had to see it again in my return trip with my husband. We went to the normal Kyoto sites, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

If you visit the Daitoku-ji temple complex, definitely make Zuiho at top priority. The small rock gardens are exquisite. Of course, if you are bored by gardens and temples, don't bother. But if you have any interest in Zen esthetics, these gardens are a delight....More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Leonard G
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Eric_Greeney
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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Ozilhan
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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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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....More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank 277dianneh
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...More

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank takki2
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...More

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank JuPereira
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.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank Anton F
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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
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