Daisen-in

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Daisen-in information

Kyoto , Japan
Address
Street 54-1 Daitokuji-chō, Murasakino
Prices
admission ¥400
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mar-Nov, to 4.30pm Dec-Feb
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Lonely Planet review

The two small Zen gardens in this subtemple of Daitoku-ji are elegant examples of 17th-century karesansui (dry-landscape rock garden) style. Here the trees, rocks and sand are said to represent and express various spectacles of nature, from waterfalls and valleys to mountain lakes. It’s one of the more popular subtemples here, but not as rewarding as Kōtō-in or Ōbai-in.