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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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  • Nice quiet garden with beautiful pond to view autumn leaves. Beautiful bridge over a pond to take photos. Away from crowd during peak autumn season to slowly enjoy the view and take photos. A small pr...  more »
  • A short walk from the higashi temple which is next to the kyoto tower. This is such a gem and such a scenic walk around the gardens and buildings and lakes. Absolutely love it....  more »
  • Unlikely and a 5-minute walk from Kyoto station area is in the garden and enjoy a Japanese layman, such as ponds and stones, lawn and Japan building. Not recommended do not sit in the Middle can drive around in about 30 minutes, but then not own legs. Kyoto Tower is visibly moist Japanese-style garden, a subtle combination are unbalanced, and I took pictures.
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