Murin-an Garden was designated a Place of Scenic Beauty in 1951. One reason for the designation was its “expression of a waterfall falling in three stages, creation of a stream, and placement of stream-crossing stones, with the stream finally spreading into a pond.”
For more than 120 years since its construction in 1897, the stream from the waterfall has fed abundant water to Murin-an Garden, but due to deterioration over time, water leakage has become noticeable.
Hence, we have decided to perform repairs during the following dates:
Period: February 14-end of March, 2024
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our visitors, but this is an invaluable opportunity to see the repair of a Japanese cultural property.
Taking a moment to reflect on the past 120 years, we hope you will join us in our wish for Murin-an Garden to remain the way it is in the future.
This repair will be performed unti the end of March 2024 thanks to a generous donation from the Nissin Electric Group Foundation for Social Contribution.
Due to the expected announcement of storm warnings and special warnings for heavy rain due to typhoons, etc., the rules for opening Murinan during stormy weather will be as follows.
Thank you for your understanding.
Temporary Closure Due to Warnings
Murinan will be closed when a storm warning or special warning is announced for Kyoto City.
If other warnings or advisories are announced, we will be open as usual.
Reopening after the warning is lifted
If the warning is lifted, we will reopen until normal closing time after safety checks are made.
June 1st is ”Garden Knowing Day” !
We hope you will take this opportunity at Murin-an to come a little closer to the profound depth of Japanese gardens.
“What’s this flower’s name”? “Where should I look at the garden from”? Ask Murin-an’s staff anything you like during their 10-minute explanations of the garden.
We will answer your questions kindly and carefully.
(Between 1:00-3:00 PM, at every 30 minutes past the hour, we will also be answering questions in English).
There is also a class being held in Murin-an’s garden for students in the Environmental Design Course at Kyoto University of the Arts.
Please feel free to take a look at it.
In the interests of maintaining Murin-an and keeping it open to the public long into the future, and based upon Kyoto City’s revision to the Ordinance on Murin-an and Other Areas (promulgated March 2022), Murin-an will introduce the following entry fee system which changes according to the time of year. We request your understanding with respect to this new measure.
*But 900 yen during April 1-9, 24-30, May 1-31, Sept. 24-30, Oct. 15-21, Nov. 1-5, Dec. 1-3 and
1,100 yen during Nov. 6-26.
(For inquiries regarding entry fees)
(For inquiries regarding this ordinance)
Kyoto City Cultural and Civic Affairs Department, Cultural Properties Protection Division: 075-222-3130
Murin-an was featured in the premiere issue of Wabisabi, a new online “magazine and platform dedicated to the leading visionaries and creators in Japanese style, aesthetic and contemporary culture.”
This new platform’s self-proclaimed mission is to provide “multifocal” content that bridges international audiences to the cutting edge of Japanese culture while also communicating traditional heritage. Their article on Murin-an explains how this garden was able to have such a path-breaking impact on modern Japanese gardening while still representing the very best in Japan’s gardening tradition.
Read the article at the link below!
Ueyakato Landscape and nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an (managed by Ueyakato Landscape) cooperated in the production of “Ogawa Jihei Gardens: Beauty Soothes and Nourishes the Soul,” broadcast October 1 on Core Kyoto, an NHK World JAPAN program that communicates Kyoto’s allure to the world. We introduced how we read from existing documents the feelings of original owner Yamagata Aritomo and garden creator Ogawa Jihei VII for this garden and apply them to how we care for the garden and our efforts to promote use of the garden in ways that connect garden culture from the present to the future. The program can be enjoyed online until March 31, 2023.
Japanese Gardens in Kyoto, a website administered by the Kyoto City Greenery Association, has published an article entry for Murin-an! This website contributes to the spread of green culture by introducing Japanese and overseas audiences to the magnetic allure of the gardens of Kyoto. For a complete introduction to Murin-an’s history and present-day management, be sure to check this article out. There are also plenty of beautiful pictures to give you a full preview of Murin-an’s many highlights.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation with respect to Murin-an’s operation.
In response to the decision reached by the 10th meeting of the Kyoto City COVID-19 Response Task Force, Murin-an will be opening for reserved events starting on May 22, 2020 (Fri.)
(reservations will be accepted on our website starting on May 19 (Tues) from noon).
Rental use of Murin-an’s facilities is canceled for the duration of May.
Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus disease, the following Murin-an events have been canceled.
〇Zaifu: Ready to be served – Enjoy a freshly whisked bowl of matcha
〇Murin-an Garden Explained in Plain English
After the rain lifts, the stream around Murin-an’s three-stage waterfall gets oak leaves and dead cedar twigs blown by the wind stuck in it. When large leaves and twigs get tangled in the rocks, little leaves and twigs start to accumulate there. We clean the stream periodically so that its surface can reflect the garden’s scenery like a mirror. On a warm day, you can now also see black snails (kawanina) moving along the surfaces of the rocks.
Ueyakato Landscape recently introduced Professor Dirk Junker of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and twelve of his students to 350 years of Japanese gardening history.
Starting from Nanzen-ji Temple’s Sanmon Gate, we first guided them to the Suirokaku Aqueduct. We then showed them around Nanzen-ji Temple‘s abbot hall garden and Murin-an.
Amid mildly cloudy weather, there was both rain and sunshine, and everyone enjoyed seeing the changes in the gardens’ expressions that accompanied the fluctuating weather.
During their three and a half week stay in Japan, these students experienced studying and field trips all over Japan, yet some of them told us “we want to try long-term study in Japan!”