Japonia Hortus

key to understand the Japanese garden

Gardens in West Kyoto


Name of the Garden
Rating: five star maximum (how much I recommend)
Address: in Japanese character; you can copy and paste to English google map
Latitude and longitude: use for google map or smartphone applications
Phone number: use for contact or car navigation system
Designer: if known, names in Japanese order, family name before given name
Size: large, medium, small
Type: see history of Japanese garden chapter
History: period of constraction, if known
Cost: by Japanese Yen
Note: extra information
Photo of the Garden
Links on the garden name and photo which lead you to
more and bigger photos. Also, a map of the garden is put
in there.

Kyotango-shi

Nyoi-ji 如意寺
☆☆
京丹後市久美浜町1845
35.609936, 134.889364
0772-82-0163
Small
Water garden
\200

Soun-ji 宗雲寺
☆☆
京丹後市久美浜町新町1268
35.601965, 134.886510
0772-82-0274
Muraoka Tadashi 村岡正
Small
Water garden
Edo and Heisei period
Gratuity
Make appointment by phone  (no English please)

Keitoku-in 慶徳院
☆☆
京丹後市峰山町五箇1792
35.588139, 135.035550
0772-69-0640
Small
Water garden
Gratuity
Talk to the Buddhist priest to see
Behind of the main building

Yosa-gun

Jyosei-ji 常栖寺
☆☆
与謝郡与謝野町字温江909
35.499734, 135.113461
0772-42-2495
Small
Water garden
Edo period
Gratuity
Talk to the Buddhist priest to see
Behind of the main building

Miyazu-shi

Myoen-ji 妙円寺
☆☆☆
宮津市字日置607
35.602355, 135.218888
0772-27-1059
Small
Water garden
Edo period
Gratuity
Talk to the Buddhist priest to see
Behind of the main building

Kosei-ji 江西寺
☆☆☆
宮津市須津921
35.547818, 135.151699
0772-46-3750
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
Gratuity
Talk to the Buddhist priest to see
Behind of the main building

Kyu-Mikami-ke Residence 旧三上家邸
☆☆
宮津市河原1850
35.538108, 135.191058
0772-22-7529
江戸金
Small
Water garden
Edo period
\350

Maizuru-shi

Kongo-in 金剛院
☆☆
舞鶴市鹿原595
35.476219, 135.447276
0773-62-1180
Hosokawa Yusai 細川幽斎
Small
Water garden
Edo period
\300

Shinsyu-en 心種園
☆☆
舞鶴市字南田辺15-22
35.446095, 135.330524
0773-76-7211
Small
Water garden
Edo period
Gratuity

Ayabe-shi

Shofuku-ji 照福寺
☆☆☆
綾部市鷹栖町小丸山33
35.296284, 135.314589
0773-46-0185
Nakane kinsaku 中根金作
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo and Showa period
\500
Make appointment by phone  (no English please)

Shoryaku-ji 正歴寺
☆☆
綾部市寺町45
35.292136, 135.262920
0773-42-0980
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
Gratuity
Talk to the Buddhist priest to see
Behind of the main building

Fukuchiyama-shi

Choan-ji 長安寺
☆☆☆
福知山市字奥野部577
35.314127, 135.084382
0773-22-8768
Shigemori Kanto 重森完途
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\300

Ashida Hitoshi Kinen-kan 芦田均記念館
☆☆
福知山市宮36
35.260129, 135.178627
0773-27-9445
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
Free

Kameoka-shi

Enpuku-ji 延福寺
☆☆☆
亀岡市本梅町西加舎的場12
35.008913, 135.479649
0771-26-3049
Small
Water garden
Edo period
Gratuity

Anao-ji 穴太寺
☆☆☆
亀岡市曽我部町穴太東辻46
35.006648, 135.549236
0771-22-0605
Small
Water garden
Edo period
\500

Rakuraku-so 楽々荘
☆☆
亀岡市北町44
35.015961, 135.576545
0771-22-0808
Ogawa Jihei 小川治兵衛
Medium
Dry landscape garden
Meiji period
Hotel and restaurant

Kita-ku

Shoden-ji 正伝寺
☆☆☆
北区西賀茂北鎮守庵町72
35.062370, 135.736912
075-491-3259
Kobori Enshu 小堀遠州
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\400

Nishimura-ke residence 西村家住宅
☆☆☆
北区上賀茂中大路町1
35.057493, 135.754524
075-781-0666
Small
Water garden
Edo period
\500
New

Genko-an 源光庵
☆☆
北区鷹峯北鷹峯町47
35.054821, 135.731719
075-492-1858
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\400

Koetsu-ji 光悦寺
☆☆
北区鷹峯北鷹峯町29
35.053389, 135.730348
075-491-1399
Small
Tea garden
Edo period
\300

Shozan Garden しょうざん庭園
☆☆
北区衣笠鏡石町47
35.050578, 135.732279
075-491-5101
Nakahara Masaharu 中原正治
Medium
Water garden
Showa period
\500

Hoshun-in 芳春院
☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町55
35.045296, 135.745118
075-492-6010
Nakane Kinsaku 中根金作
Small
Dry landscape garden water garden
Edo and Showa period
\500
Special admission

Daisen-in 大仙院
☆☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町54-1
35.044571, 135.745949
075-491-8346
Kogaku Soko 古岳宗亘
Small
Dry landscape garden
Muromachi period
\400
Photo taking is prohibited

Daitoku-ji Hojyo 大徳寺方丈
☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町53
35.043892, 135.746028
075-491-0019
Kobori Enshu and Tenyo Shoko 小堀遠州 天祐紹杲
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\800
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Koho-an 孤篷庵
☆☆☆☆
京都市北区紫野大徳寺町66-1
35.043215, 135.739889
075-491-3698
Kobori Enshu 小堀遠州
Small
Tea garden
Edo period
\800
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Koto-in 高桐院
☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺73-1
35.043108, 135.743240
075-492-0068
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\400

Korin-in 興臨院
☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町80
35.042528, 135.745547
075-491-7636
Kobori Enshu and Nakane Kinsaku 小堀遠州 中根金作
Small
Dry landscape garden and water garden
Edo period and Showa period
\600
Special admission

Zuiho-in 瑞峯院
☆☆☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町81
35.042150, 135.745353
075-491-1454
Sigemori Mirei 重森三玲
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\400

Ryogen-in 龍源院
☆☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町82-1
35.042093, 135.746083
075-491-7635
Soami, Hosoai Katsudou and Nabesima Gakusho
相阿弥 細合喝堂 鍋島岳生
Small
Dry landscape garden
Muromachi and Showa period
\350

Obai-in 黄梅院
☆☆☆☆
北区紫野大徳寺町83-1
35.041746, 135.745986
075-492-4539
Sen no Rikyu 千利休
Medium
Dry landscape garden and tea garden
Azuchi-momoyama period
\600
Special admission or make appointment by phone, fax or letter
Photo taking is prohibited

Rokuon-ji(Kinkaku-ji) 鹿苑寺(金閣寺)
☆☆☆☆☆
北区金閣寺町1
35.039360, 135.729244
075-461-0013
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu 足利義満
Large
Water garden
Muromachi period
\400

Toji-in 等持院
☆☆☆☆
北区等持院北町63
35.031484, 135.723441
075-461-5786
Muso Soseki and Seki Bokuou 夢窓疎石 関牧翁
Medium
Water garden
Muromachi, Edo and Showa period
\500

Kamigyo-ku

Myoren-ji 妙蓮寺
☆☆☆
上京区寺之内通大宮東入妙蓮寺前町875
35.034595, 135.749961
075-451-3527
Gyokuen 玉淵
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\500

Honpo-ji 本法寺
☆☆☆
上京区小川通寺ノ内上ル本法寺前町617
35.035010, 135.752134
075-441-7997
Honami Koetsu and Nakane Kinsaku 本阿弥光悦 中根金作
Small
Dry landscape garden
Azuchi-momoyama and Showa period
\500

Hokyo-ji 宝鏡寺
☆☆
上京区寺之内通堀川東入百々町547
35.034068, 135.752756
075-451-1550
Small
Dry landscape garden
\600
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Myogan-ji 妙顕寺
☆☆☆
上京区寺之内通新町西入妙顯寺前町514
35.034549, 135.754679
075-414-0808
Small
Dry landscape garden
\600
Special admission or talk to the Buddhist priest

Kosho-in 光照院
☆☆
上京区新町通上立売上る安楽小路町425
35.032759, 135.755069
075-441-2254
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\800
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Okomyo-ji 大光明寺
☆☆☆
上京区今出川通烏丸東入相国寺門前町701
35.033245, 135.761216
075-211-0454
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\600
Special Admission

Shokoku-ji Hojyo 相国寺方丈
☆☆☆☆
上京区今出川通烏丸東入相国寺門前町701
35.033092, 135.762179
075-231-0301
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
\800
Special Admission

Shokoku-ji Kaizando 相国寺開山堂
☆☆☆☆
上京区今出川通烏丸東入相国寺門前町701
35.032591, 135.762576
075-231-0301
Small
Mixture of dry landscape garden and water garden
Edo period
\800
Special Admission

Reisen-ke Residence 冷泉家邸

上京区今出川通烏丸東入玄武町599
35.029283, 135.760937
075-241-4322
Small
Water garden
\800
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Kyoto Imperial Palace 京都御所
☆☆☆☆☆
上京区京都御苑内
35.025361, 135.762114
03-3213-1111 (Imperial Household Aggency)
Kobori Enshu 小堀遠州
Large
Water garden
Edo Period
Free
You need to apply to Imperial Household Aggency by internet orletter (English tour is available)


Sento-gosho 仙洞御所
☆☆☆☆☆
上京区京都御苑内
35.022589, 135.764921
03-3213-1111 (Imperial Household Aggency)
Kobori Enshu 小堀遠州
Large
Water garden
Edo period
Free
You need to apply to Imperial Household Aggency by internet orletter

Shosui-tei 拾翠亭
☆☆☆
上京区京都御苑内
35.017770, 135.761717
075-211-6348
Medium
Water garden and tea garden
Edo period
\100
Within Kyoto Imperial Palace
Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Kyu-Kanin-no-miya Residence 旧閑院宮邸
☆☆
上京区京都御苑
35.018082, 135.760209
075-211-6348
Medium
Water garden
Edo period
Free

Kyoto Prefectural Guest House 京都府公館
☆☆☆
上京区烏丸通一条下る龍前町590-1
35.025258, 135.758481
075-414-4185
Masuno Shunmyo 桝野俊明
Medium
Water garden
Showa period
Free
Special admission

Seijyoke-in 清浄華院
☆☆
上京区寺町通広小路上る北之辺町395
35.025321, 135.768363
075-231-2550
Ono Masaaki 小埜雅章
Small
Dry landscape garden
Contemporary
\800
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Rosan-ji 魯山寺
☆☆
上京区寺町通広小路上る北之辺町397
35.024595, 135.768268
075-231-0355
Small
Dry landscape garden
\500

Kyoto Heian Hotel 京都平安ホテル
☆☆☆
上京区烏丸通上長者町上ル
35.024417, 135.758915
075-432-6181
Ogawa Jihei 小川治兵衛
Medium
Water garden
Edo and Meiji period
Hotel and restaurant
Talk to the reseptionist to see

Kodo-kan 弘道館
☆☆
上京区上長者町通新町東入元土御門町524-1
35.024210, 135.757327
075-441-6662
Small
Tea garden
Contemporary
Depend on the event hold in the place

Kyu-Arisugawa-no-miya Residence 旧有栖川宮邸
☆☆
上京区五町目町185
35.020200, 135.758839
075-414-8155
Ogawa Jihei the eleventh 11代目小川治兵衛
Small
Dry landscape garden
\500
Special admission

Horin-ji 法輪寺
上京区下立売通天神道西入行衛町457
35.020105, 135.733120
075-841-7878
Okuda Ryuji 奥田龍司
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\300
Because of the winter protection, I could not see the garden

Nakagyo-ku

Nijyo-jyo 二条城
☆☆☆☆☆
中京区二条通堀川西入二条城町541
35.013501, 135.749806
075-841-0096
Kobori Enshu, Ogawa Jihei, Inoue Seibei, and Nakane Kinsaku
小堀遠州 小川治兵衛 井上清兵衛 中根金作
Large
Water garden
Edo, Meiji and Showa period
\600
Light up seasonaly

Takasegawa Nijyo-en 高瀬川二条苑
☆☆☆
中京区木屋町通二条下ル東生洲町484-6
35.012754, 135.770664
075-223-3456
Sumi-no-kura Ryoi 角倉了以
Medium
Water garden
Edo period
Restaurant

Ukyo-ku

Ryoan-ji 竜安寺
☆☆☆☆☆
右京区龍安寺御陵下町13
35.034485, 135.718242
075-463-2216
Large (dry landscape garden is very small)
Dry landscape garden and water garden
\500

Ninna-ji 仁和寺
☆☆☆☆
右京区御室大内33
35.028992, 135.713202
075-461-1155
Shirai Doshu and Kako Doi 白井童松 加来道意
Medium
Water garden
Edo period
\500

Tenkyu-in 天球院
☆☆
右京区花園妙心寺町46
35.025444, 135.719649
075-462-9041
Small
Dry landscape garden
\1000
Special Admission

Keishun-in 桂春院
☆☆☆
右京区花園寺ノ中町11
35.024833, 135.722433
075-463-6578
Small
Tea garden
Edo period
\400

Daiho-in 大法院
☆☆☆
右京区花園大薮町20
35.024124, 135.718093
075-461-5162
Small
Tea garden
Edo period
\700
Special Admission

Myoshin-ji Hojyo 妙心寺方丈

右京区花園妙心寺町1
35.023171, 135.720188
075-461-5226
Small
Dry landscape garden
Edo period
Gratuity

Daishin-in 大心院
☆☆☆
右京区花園妙心寺57
35.022982, 135.721229
075-461-5714
Nakane Kinsaku 中根金作
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period 
\300

Taizo-in 退蔵院
☆☆☆☆
右京区花園妙心寺町35
35.021886, 135.719228
075-463-2855
Kano Motonobu and Nakane Kinsaku 狩野元信 中根金作
Medium
Dry landscape garden and water garden
Muromachi and Showa period
\500


Hokongo-in 法金剛院
☆☆☆
右京区花園扇野町49
35.019140, 135.715943
075-461-9428
Rinken and Jyoi 林賢 静意
Small
Water garden
Heian period
\500

Daikaku-ji 大覚寺
☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨大沢町4
35.028325, 135.677803
075-871-0071
Kudara no Kawanari and Kose no Kanaoka 百済河成 巨勢金岡
Large
Shinden-zukuri garden and dry landscape garden
Heian period
\500

Seiryo-ji 清凉寺
☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨釈迦堂藤ノ木町46
35.023499, 135.674288
075-861-0343
Medium
Dry landscape garden and water garden
\400

Giou-ji 祇王寺
☆☆
右京区嵯蛾鳥居本小坂町32
35.023390, 135.666772
075-861-3574
Medium
Dry landscape garden
\300

Enri-an 厭離庵
☆☆
右京区嵯峨二尊院門前善光寺山町2
35.022949, 135.670844
075-861-2508
Small
Tea garden
\500
Special admission or make appointment by phone or letter

Hokyo-in 宝筐院
☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨釈迦堂門前南中院町9-1
35.022506, 135.673532
075-861-0610
Medium
Dry landscape garden
\500

Okochi-sanso 大河内山荘
☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨小倉山田淵山町8
35.017222, 135.669344
075-872-2233
Hirose Rihei and Okochi Denjiro 広瀬利兵衛 大河内伝次郎
Large
Dry landscape garden and water garden
Showa period
\1000

Tenryu-ji 天龍寺
☆☆☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町68
35.015854, 135.673678
075-881-1235
Muso Soseki 夢窓疎石
Large
Water garden
Muromachi period
\500
From back gate you can go to bamboo road

Kogen-ji 弘源寺
☆☆
右京区嵯峨天竜寺芒ノ馬場町65
35.016355, 135.676006
075-881-1232
Small
Dry landscape garden
\500(set ticket with Hogon-in by \900)
Special admission

Hogon-in 宝巌院
☆☆☆☆
右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町36
35.014817, 135.673742
075-861-0091
Medium
Dry landscape garden and water garden
Edo period
\500(set ticket with Kogen-ji by \900)
Special admission

Nishikyo-ku

Matsuo-taisha 松尾大社
☆☆☆☆☆
西京区嵐山宮町3
34.999969, 135.685171
075-871-5016
Sigemori Mirei and Sigemori Kanto 重森三玲 重森完途
Medium
Water garden and dry landscape garden
Showa period
\500

Saiho-ji(Koke-dera) 西芳寺(苔寺)
☆☆☆☆☆
西京区松尾神ケ谷町56
34.991964, 135.683320
075-391-3631
Muso Soseki 夢窓疎石
Large
Water garden and dry landscape garden
Muromachi period
\3000 (set with Zen practice)
Apply by a letter one month before your visit with a reply-paidpostcard

Jizo-in 地蔵院
☆☆☆
西京区山田北ノ町23
34.991002, 135.685809
075-381-3417
Hekitan Shuko 碧潭周皎
Small
Dry landscape garden
Kamakura period
\600
Photo taking is prohibited

Katsura Imperial Villa 桂離宮
☆☆☆☆☆
西京区桂御園
34.984009, 135.709572
03-3213-1111 (Imperial Household Aggency)
Toshihito Imperial Prince and Toshitada Imperial Prince
智仁親王 智忠親王
Large
Water garden and tea garden
Edo period
Free
You need to apply to Imperial Household Aggency by internet orletter

Shobo-ji 正法寺
☆☆
西京区大原野南春日町1102
34.956929, 135.655568
075-331-0105
Small
Dry landscape garden and water garden
Showa period
\300

Shimogyo-ku

Sinyo-in 真如院
☆☆☆
下京区柿本町677
34.996998, 135.750496
075-811-0088
Oda Nobunaga 織田信長
Small
Dry landscape garden
Azuchi-momoyama period
\600
Special admission
Photo taking is prohibited

Shosei-en 渉成苑
☆☆☆☆
下京区下珠数屋町通間之町東入ル東玉水町
34.991408, 135.763237
075-371-9210
Ishikawa Jozan and Senyo 石川丈山 宣如
Large
Water garden
Edo period
\500

Ryukoku Museum 龍谷ミュージアム
☆☆
下京区丸屋町117
34.991124, 135.753388
075−351−2500
Small
Modern garden
Contemporary
Free (garden only)

Suzaku-no-niwa 朱雀の庭
☆☆☆☆
下京区上中之町1-3
34.987083, 135.744265
075-352-2500
Medium
Water garden
Contemporary
\200
During water repair when I visited

Minami-ku

Kanchi-in 観知院
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南区九条町403
34.982735, 135.747939
075-691-1131
Small
Dry landscape garden
Showa period
\500
Special admission
Photo taking is plohibited

Nagaokakyo-shi

Yokoku-ji 楊谷寺
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長岡京市浄土谷堂ノ谷2
34.914223, 135.652537
075-956-0017
Small
Water garden
Edo period
Gratuity

Otokuni-gun

Myoki-an 妙喜庵
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乙訓郡大山崎町竜光56
34.892215, 135.680377
075-956-0103
Small
Tea garden
\1000
There is a tea house, made by Sen-no-Rikyu
Photo taking is prohibited
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