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Shugaku-in Rikyu Teien Temple Garden

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Shugaku-in Rikyu was once a villa used by the royal family. The majestic garden there is designed to allow visitors to enjoy a change in scenery while walking around the pond. The garden is divided into three sections; Kami-o-chaya, Naka-o-chaya and Shimo-o-chaya. Kami-o-chaya takes up a major part of the garden. Visitors can enjoy a grand view of the large pond and its surrroundings. There is an island in the pond, with bridges including Kaede-bashi and Chitose-bashi spanning the pond. A cottage called Rin-un-tei is located on a rise on the south side of the pond. From a wooden-floored room inside the cottage, visitors can enjoy views of urban Kyoto as well as Arashi-yama, a mountain famed for its beautiful scenery - a view befitting an imperial court garden. Prior permission must be obtained for admission to the garden by filing an application with the Kyoto office of the Imperial Household Agency.

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Address: 1-3 Shugakuin-muromachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free (Advanced reservations are required)
Closed: Sundays, national holidays, Saturdays in Jan.,Feb.,June,July,Aug.,Sep.,Dec. (Open only the third Saturday)
28 Dec.-4 Jan.

[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/35-min. ride/Shugakuin Rikyu Michi Stop/15-min. walk

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