A zen garden lit up to create an indescribably beautiful scene


Zen Garden in Seiryuden lit up at night

zen garden in Seiryuden lit up

Shoren-in was founded in 1150 during the Heian period (794-1185) by Kakkai Hoshihinnou, one of the sons of Emperor Toba.  At that time, he took over the name of Seirenbo, which was a lodging house, and changed it to Shoren-in, thus starting the history of the temple as a prestigious family temple.

Shogun-zuka Seiryu-den is an annex to Seiren-in, which was completed in 2014, and is a famous night view spot in Kyoto, with an open view overlooking the city.

sand patterns close-up in Beautiful zen garden in Seiryuden

The garden of Seiryuuden was created in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) , featuring the garden style of that particular period.  It is made in such a form that can be appreciated by walking around, and a beautiful zen garden is a part of it.

The garden is also a borrowed scenery garden, incorporating the surrounding mountains, and is lit up at night to create an indescribably beautiful and atmospheric scene.

To get there, take Keihan Bus No. 70 from Sanjo Keihan to Shogunzuka Seiryuden, Gojozaka, and get off at Shogunzuka Seiryuden bus stop.

If you want to take a cab, the closest station is Keage Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line, and it will take about 10 minutes.


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