Arguably the most beautiful garden in the Arashiyama area, Hogon-In Temple is a must-see for every tourist visiting the area. Whether you see the plush greens in the spring or the vibrant reds in the fall, Hogon-In Temple will leave you with some of the most vivid memories from Kyoto.
Hogon-In Temple is a sub-temple of Tenryu-ji Temple, one of the main reason people visit Arashiyama. It was built in 1461 by Yoriyuki Hosokawa. This garden is a pond stroll style garden known as ‘Shishiku no Niwa’ (lit. Lion’s Roar Garden) that incorporates the surrounding scenery into its design.
I only saw this garden during the Fall, and the way some of the trees there seem to be on fire with the changing lights is just incredible. The garden was often closed, but now they also organize lights-up during the season — something certainly worth attending.
This is one of the most beautiful garden of Kyoto and it is often very crowded. It offers all the wonderful features you would expect from a Japanese garden, so make sure you take your time and enjoy this truly remarkable place.
Web (in Japanese): http://www.hogonin.jp/
The garden is located next to Tenryu Temple.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry for sliding door painting: 16:30)
Price: General Yen 500 (Separate admission for sliding door painting of Yen 500)