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Shosei-en Garden, Kyoto

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Quiet and peaceful despite its city-center location, Shosei-en Garden provides a photogenic oasis of tranquility featuring an attractive lake, trees, and flowers. Dating back to the 9th century, but with its present layout designed in 1641, the garden's meandering paths take you to a number former tea houses set in different areas. The well-kept garden features a pond brimming with carp and green turtles, while blue herons nest in tree branches overhead. Not far from the Buddhist Higashi Honganji Temple to which it belongs, the garden sits only 10 minutes by foot from Kyoto's central train station. A visit to Shosei-en Garden represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kyoto trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This was a beautiful little stop off and wander before our train left for Hiroshima. Unfortunately the lake/pond had been drained for renovation, which meant we weren't able to see the complete beauty...  more »
  • Very central location, around 10min walk from Kyoto station. There's a small cover charge on entry of ¥300. The gardens are beautiful. They also provide a very high quality brochure on entry that has ...  more »
  • It was located within 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto station. I went into it knowing it is need in the form of contributions ¥ 500. Off the beaten path in these beautiful gardens well maintained, very solemn. Not many tourists and you can loose.
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