About Place of Scenic Beauty: Murin-an

Murin-an is a Japanese villa and garden built between 1894 to 1898 by Aritomo Yamagata, an Elder Statesman (advisor to the emperor) from the Meiji and Taisho Period. In 1941, the Yamagata family donated Murin-an to Kyoto City and in 1951 it was designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, which led to its' current popularity.

Jihei Ogawa VII (7th) created this garden under Yamagata's instructions. The garden's central point is the Higashiyama Mountains with a spacious and bright open lawn area. This naturalistic scenic garden received high ratings ever since it's creation. Also, the water in the light flowing stream is from the Lake Biwa Canal. This villa was a pioneer in creating the villa cluster of the Kyoto Okazaki & Nanzenji neighborhood. The villa is composed of three architectures; an austere two-story main building composed of wood, a Yabunouchi-style tea house, and a two-story red brick Western-style House.

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Garden Sights

Enjoy Murin-an

Designated Management

UEYAKATO LANDSCAPE CO., LTD.

Since our establishment in 1848, we have been a dedicated garden craftsmen company in Kyoto and fostered the garden areas of the headquarters of Nanzen-ji Temple. We engage in fostering management and garden creation for culturally valuable gardens such as Nanzen-ji Temple, Hongan-ji Temple, and Chishaku-in which are designated as places of historic importance and places of scenic beauty, as well as other villa gardens in the Nanzen-ji neighborhood starting with Murin-an. In recent years, we are the desingd by Kyoto Prefecture, under the management of public parks as the designated administrator system to manage and operate Keihanna Commemorative Park. We strive to incorporate the field work, research, and administrative aspects of landscape gardening.

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Information

Hours

April ~ June ……………………… 8:30 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.
July ~ August ……………………… 7:30 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
September ~ October …………… 8:30 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.
November …………………………… 7:30 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.
December ~ March ……………… 8:30 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
* Admission is 30 minutes before the closing time.

Holidays

December 29th ~ December 31st.

Admission

Adults …………………… 410 yen
* Free, children under elementary school

Contact

MURIN-AN Administrative Office
31 Kusakawa-cho, Nanzenji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8437
TEL & FAX: +81-75-771-3909

Access

City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau): Kyoto Okazaki Loop bus: Get off at "Nanzenji, Biwako Canal Memorial Hall, Kyoto City Zoo Higashimon-mae" then walk 1 minute. Via other City Bus: Get off at "Jingumichi" or "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan Heian Jingu-mae)" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) then walk 9~10 minutes.

Train: Take the Kyoto City Tozai Subway Line and get off at Keage Station (T09), then walk 7 minutes.

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