Sanpo-in Temple Garden
Sanpo-in Temple Garden was laid out by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan toward the end of the 16th century, as a place to enjoy cherry blossom viewing. The garden is 5,280 square meters, and is designed so that visitors can enjoy changing scenery while walking around it. However, priority was placed on the view seen from within the building. It is said that when Hideyoshi visited here on a preliminary inspection, he himself designated the site of the pond at the center of the garden. Hideyoshis orders were to create a larger pond than the one that exists today. The actual pond constructed after Hideyoshi's death was reduced to about half the size of what he had instructed. Many stones used for the garden were transported from his residence, Jurakudai. Today, visitors can enjoy views of the garden while walking along a corridor. An island in the center of the pond, a reclaimed island, and the bridges which span them provide visitors with different perspectives depending on the angle.'
Address: 22 Daigo-Higashioji-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 600 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./JR Biwako Line/5-min. ride/Yamashina Stn./Kyoto Shiei Subway Tozai Line/20-min. ride/Daigo Stn./10-min. walk