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Taizo-in

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Taizo-in

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35 Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8035 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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Eric_Greeney wrote a review Aug 2020
Finland872 contributions204 helpful votes
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Taizo-in is one of the highly rated Kyoto Gardens and righlty so. Taizo-in is one of the many subtemples of Myoshin-ji and easily found close to the south entrance to the complex. The Myoshin-ji compound resembles structurally that of the perhaps more famous Daitoku-ji, both are large areas with stone-paved streets and wider squares between temple halls and subtemples, many of which are not open to public. Taizo-in provides many areas of beauty and has some rare characteristic features: the entrance to the garden area is dominated by a huge cherry tree that must be quite a sight at the cherry blossom season. Unfortunately I visited in October, missing this glory. The raked gravel fields on two sides of the entrance are of different color: the one on the right is of dark ravel rather than the more usual white one. The grooves are wide and deep, the display more dramatic than that of an average karesansui. Deeper in the garden there is a pond and a stream flowing to it. Trees, bushes, water, form a harmonious setting, best viewed from the pergola at the deepest end of the garden. There is also a separate pavilion for enjoying green tea. One of the most beautiful sights during my Kyoto garden tour this time! I almost missed the rock garden behind the temple hall, but it can be seen from the far end of the area available for visitors and is very nice, more of a mainstream karesansui display.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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John W wrote a review Mar 2020
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The gem is the garden itself. It is small and exquisite. Easily missed around the end of the temple building is a small garden of boulders: stone boulders and bush boulders. The path enters the garden proper between two raked gravel beds, one light and one dark and then descends to the pond which is the main feature of the garden. It doesn't sound like much, but it is so artistically constructed and planted that it is worth a spell of quiet contemplation. Even in the drab tones of winter it is beautiful. When I first visited ten years ago it struck me as the loveliest garden I had ever seen. The flaw in the gem is the commercialisation, which I do not remember from my previous visit. Admission costs 600 yen, twice the cost of admission to the great landscape gardens of Japan. There is a shop selling (tasteful of course) souvenirs and a tea house where one can buy and sip a matcha tea.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Taizoin, Secretariat at Taizo-in
Responded Jul 22, 2020
Thank you for your visiting our temple, and also thank you for your favorable comment. We appreciate you realize the beauty of our garden and its value. Please come back again season by season, then you will discover different scenery, I bet.
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ccfchew_23 wrote a review Dec 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia354 contributions48 helpful votes
One of my favourite temples of my recent trip. This temple is part of the myoshinji temple and is located very near a JR station. This area is one where tourist generally would not come but if you want to experience quiet, serene and a lovely japanese garden, this place is a must. It is not a big garden, but it has lovely spots where you could sit and appreciate how japanese gardens are created where you find oasis in a city. One would not imagine that you are 5 min away from a train station that is 15 mins away from Kyoto main station, but when you are here, you are transported to an area where you could find your inner self. There are 2 garden, 1 is more of a rock garden close to the entrance whereas the other is a japanese garden with a pond of koi fish and wonderful trees that in my mind resembles an almost "Narnia" like land. There is also a tea area if you would like to sip some tea.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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RandM281211 wrote a review Jul 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates43 contributions29 helpful votes
Kyoto for 3 days isn’t enough to see all the amazing and beautiful things it offers. However, i only picked this temple, among many others I visited here, because it was literally breathtaking to be there. Highly spiritual too and it’ll make you feel calm and in peace - at least that’s how i felt. Can’t wait to travel back to Kyoto and see it in scoring when it is all blossoming. Really gorgeous. M x
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Taizoin, secretariat at Taizo-in
Responded Jul 30, 2020
Thank you for your visiting our temple, and also thank you for choosing our temple as your best among numerous temples and shrines in Kyoto. We are also glad that you fully enjoyed staying here. I hope you will come back again soon when the corona settles down.
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Szabolcs H wrote a review May 2018
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic21 contributions6 helpful votes
We have spent quite a long time just sitting on the bench processing the most tranquile and most beautiful japan garfen I have seen in my life! 6 stars!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Taizoin, secretariat at Taizo-in
Responded Jul 30, 2020
Thank you for your visiting our temple, and also thank you for 6 stars! We appreciate you realize the beauty of our garden and its value, and we are glad that you stayed a very good time at our temple. Please come back again soon shen the corona settles down !
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