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“Quiet and beautiful garden” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taizoin Garden

Taizoin Garden
Ranked #141 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple has been beloved by people for more than 600 years. It showcases a dry landscape garden by Kano Motonobu, a Zen painting "Catching a Catfish with a Gourd", known as "Hyonenzu" and a Japanese botanical pond garden "Yoko-en" with Suikinkutsu, which is an ornament for the garden as well as a music device named after a Japanese musical instrument, Koto. Access BY TRAIN: Take a JR train on Sagano Line. 12min. from Kyoto Station. Please get off at Hanazono Station. 7 minute walk from Hanazono Station. BY BUS: Several buses are available from the major tourist sites in Kyoto. Please get off at either Myoshinji-mae Stop or Myoshinji Kitamon-mae Stop.
Perth, Australia
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Quiet and beautiful garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

We visited here because we'd had enough of the crowds at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji temples. It is about a 15-20 minute walk straight down from Ryoanji but it took longer because we stopped to look at other temples and garden areas in the Myoshinji area.
This garden was lovely, there were only a few people here visiting so it was easier to appreciate. Do visit if you're in the area.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank plspoon
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Loved this garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

This garden is part of a bigger complex just down the hill from Ryoan-ji, and easy walk. The other parts you can see into on the way are nice too but Taizo-in is spectacular and I think my favorite in Kyoto so far. It's a Buddhist zen garden that has a beautiful big cherry blossom feature tree over 2 zen gardens and then strolls into a beautiful pond/waterfall area. Peaceful and not as crowded as some of the other places on a very busy Kyoto cherry blossom weekend!

1 Thank selmorott
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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Spectacular gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

About a 15 minute train ride from Kyoto station, Taizoin is located on the Myoshin-ji Zen Temple grounds. Taizoin contains 2 different gardens, a dry garden, and traditional strolling garden. Not very crowded, very peaceful and tranquil. You can purchase tea while you enjoy the view under lush foliage at the base of the strolling garden.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Damon D
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“The most beautiful garden we saw in Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Don't miss this smaller temple garden within the grounds of Myoshin-ji. We were there during Sakura season and it was amazing. You can walk around without huge crowds and enjoy the raked gravel, gazebo, beautiful landscaping and feed the koi fish. We all thought this was the most beautiful spot we saw during our visit to Japan.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Barbara A
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