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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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  • If you have time, visit this lovely garden just a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station. Very peaceful and serene, it is a typical well designed Japanese garden.  more »
  • Visited in the morning so there weren't a lot of people there. Was very beautiful and peaceful. Some maintenance going on. 500 yen to visit, includes a nice little booklet about the place.  more »
  • This garden is under construction, I think until September 2017, meaning one can't "circulate" as intended. Also, as noted by others, it is not all that well maintained. We enjoyed our stroll, but fou...  more »