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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. Make Shosei-en Garden a centerpiece of your Kyoto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kyoto day trip planning tool .
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  • First visit from an enclave of the Higashi hongan-ji Temple garden, shosei-en Garden. From Kyoto train station within walking distance to the taxi driver who hears normally do not go so the pit entrance, went around. On the Higashi hongan-ji Temple at the entrance. Neat garden is a relatively new garden was built in the Meiji era, Gable bridge or gate style of architecture and the garden as well as buildings can be enjoyed. Get around guide Guidebook content rich with more than 500 yen donation, so good. More and more people could go around not so calm. Kyoto tower looks so close to the station while is a good garden.
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  • Because of its large size, it never feels overly crowded, despite its premium and central local in Kyoto. Shosei-en is listed in the new book "HIdden Gardens of Japan" and let's all hope it stays hidd...  more »
  • If you're looking for an easy walking destination from the Kyoto Station area, this is a lovely stop. The garden isn't large but is beautiful even in Winter. I wouldn't rate it as a top site in Kyoto ...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful little garden. There is an admission fee. I can't remember now but it was ¥500 or ¥600.
  • Lovely but could use more maintenance. Contributions will go a long way. Very nice people there.
  • Beautiful park rught near Kyoto Station and the Higashi-Hongan temple. They have a beautiful pond and nice blooming trees including cherry by end of March. Also there are herons nesting right now. There is a small fee but they are exhibiting some outdoor art and supporting the artist is fine for me though.
  • Lovely garden even in Winter. Easy walkthrough for those with mobility difficulty. Entrance fee is 500 yen for adults.
  • Really pretty garden. We visited in February was still beautiful but to get the most out of it you should visit at another time
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