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UEYAKATO LANDSCAPE
Designated Management of Murin-an Garden
An established Kyoto landscape company which has been a dedicated caretaker of the Nanzen-ji Temple, the head temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism, since 1848. UEYAKATO has engaged in fostering and landscape designing the gardens of places of historic importance and Scenic Beauty, the likes of Nanzen-ji Temple, Higashi Honganji Temple, and Chishakuin Temple as well as villas such as Murin-an in the Nanzen-ji neighborhood. Since the implementation of a designated management system by Kyoto prefectural government, we have been managing the Keihanna Commemorative Park. We strive to provide multiple services: landscape gardening, research of historical and biological backgrounds and facility management.

360 Panoramic Virtual Tour
Enjoy the 360 degree view images of Murin-an Garden.

Okazaki Area

Near the end of the Edo Period, Kyoto was the center for politics and this Okazaki area was lined with villas belonging to various feudal domains and clans. The original landscape of the Okazaki area used to be fields of rice paddies before it drastically changed to a district of political powers. However, after the Meiji Restoration these villa residences that were maintained by feudal lords (daimyo) in Edo, finished their purpose and were taken out. Thus the Okazaki area once more became a landscape of rice paddies. The emperor-less Kyoto started down a path of decline since the capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In order to revitalize the declining city, Governor Kunimichi Kitagaki of Kyoto Prefecture, suggested the Lake Biwa Canal project which aimed to provide waterworks and hydro-electric generation of power, so the Okazaki area was once more developed. In 1895 (Meiji year 28), the Fourth National Industrial Exposition, which encouraged the development and promotion of national trade, was hosted in the Okazaki area. Starting with this, the zoo was built in 1903 (Meiji 36), the Kyoto Prefectural Library in 1909 (Meiji 42), and the art museum in 1928 (Showa 3). These foundations allowed the city to develop into its’ current tourism and cultural city.

The GardenThe Western-style HouseJapanese HouseTea HouseAritomo Yamagata & Jihei OgawaThe name Murin-an