Kyoto Sights

Murin-an (Murin Garden)

  • 31 Nanzenji-Kusakawa-cho Map It
  • Sakyo-ku
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 12/10/2015

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Ogawa Jihei (1860–1932), a leading landscape architect of the Meiji period, departed from tradition in developing this late-19th-century garden whose rolling expanses of English-style lawn represent the first use of this type of ground cover within a Japanese garden. The blending of Western and Japanese influences can also be detected in some of the architecture and interiors of this estate, once part of Nanzen-ji, that was commissioned by Arimoto Yamagata, twice Japan's prime minister in the late 19th century. The paths of Murin-an, a small but classic Meiji stroll garden, meander along converging streams and past a three-tier waterfall. The garden's southern section is almost always in shadow, creating wonderful contrasts.

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31 Nanzenji-Kusakawa-cho, Kyoto, 606-8437, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥600
  • Daily 9–4:30

Published 12/10/2015


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