Garden of Fine Arts *
Garden of Fine Arts is an architectural space of slightly deconstructivist inclination designed by architect Tadao Ando. Strolling this concrete pond and waterfall garden, you pass along a series of ceramic tile reproductions of masterpieces of art from several cultures. This main idea is not unproblematic, and the soundscape of the waterfall is annoying. It never became the intended oasis in the big city, and I've honestly seen far better works of Tadao Ando.
Garden of Fine Arts is generally open to the public.
Garden of Fine Arts, Hangi-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, 606 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 724 2188
Fax: (075) 724 2189
Ginkaku-ji was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th shogun of the Muromachi period, and was later converted into a temple. The spatial arrangement of the arrival garden is of outstanding design. The 2-storey Silver Pavilion, giving name to the temple, was constructed in 1489. Another structure, Togu-do, contains a four and a half mat room that is considered the prototype of the tea room to develop during the 16th century. In front of the Silver Pavilion is a striking kare sansui garden, The Garden of the Silver Sea. And facing Togu-do is a pond garden. Rinzai Zen Buddhism.
Ginkaku-ji is generally open to the public. But you cannot enter Togu-do or The Silver Pavilion.
Ginkaku-ji, 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, 606 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 771 5725
Fax: (075) 771 5439
URL: www.shokoku-ji.jp (link info in English)
Hinaya is an old textile company in the Nishijin textile district of Kyoto. In the years 1981-86 Hinaya had new headquarters buildings designed by Shin Takamatsu, named Origin I, II & III. The Origin buildings are among Takamatsu's better designs, and especially Origin III is characteristic of his "cutting machine" period. Today Origin III is partly covered with a new building of inferior architectural quality.
Conditions of visiting: Recently Hinaya has become open on a daily basis, and you can see different types of kimono and obi and weaving techniques demonstrated. But in case you want to see more than a few spaces in Origin I, you better contact Hinaya beforehand.
Hinaya, 418 Anrakukoji-cho, Kamidachiuri-agaru, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, 602 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 411 3602
Fax: (075) 441 1920
See also images from Hinaya in the lecture presentation of my Ph.D. presentation, Arbejdets Rum (Spaces at Work).
Honen-in was founded in 1681. The arrival garden has an outstanding spatial organisation. Entering through the main gate, you suddenly face two sand mounds with changing designs raked in the surface. The interior of the temple has fusuma paintings attributed to the Kano school of painters, and striking recent fusuma paintings by Domoto Insho. Jodo Buddhism.
Honen-in is not generally open to the public, but there is free access to the arrival garden. And often there is different kinds of art exhibitions in the former bath-house just to the right og the main gate. The main temple has special openings in spring and autumn. To see the main temple, probably an application on a return postcard will do.
Honen-in, 30 Goshonodan-cho, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku, 606 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 771 2420
Fax: (075) 752 1083
URL: www.honen-in.jp (only in Japanese)
Hosen-in is a subtemple of Shorin-in, located in Ohara, just north of Kyoto. It was founded in 1182-85. The shoin of Hosen-in was rebuilt in 1602. From the shoin is a view to the valley filtered through bamboo poles and the supporting structure of a pine tree, said to be more than 700 years old. The shakkei and indoor-outdoor relations is outstanding. Tendai Buddhism.
Hosen-in is generally open to the public.
Hosen-in, 187 Shorinin-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku, 601-12 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 744-2409 (Shorin-in)
Fax: (075) 744-2912 (Shorin-in)
URL: www.hosenin.net (only in Japanese)
Izusen is a shojin ryori (temple style) restaurant. It serves excellent food for the money and even though it was to the limit of a student budget, it was one of the big experiences of our study tour.
Izusen has two restaurants, of which one is located inside the compound of Daiji-in inside the Daitoku-ji temple area. Here you are seated on tatami mats facing the garden or you can dine in the garden. Another branch of Izusen having also western style tables is located at the street just outside Daitoku-ji's East Gate.
Izusen, Daiji-in nai, Daitokuji-cho, Murasakino, Kita-ku, 603 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 491 6665
URL: www.kyoto-izusen.com / map
Jiko-in was established in 1663 as the retirement place of the tea master Katagiri Sekishu. Jiko-in as a whole is an excellent spatial composition, from the zigzag alley leading to the gate, through the building to the main shoin from which there is a pruned azalea garden with an excellent shakkei view overlooking the Yamato plain. Today, Jiko-in's shakkei is somewhat violated by the progress of modern civilisation, but is still worth a pilgrimage. Sekishu's tea room Korin-an 1671 is easily appreciated, as it is connected to a corridor with a wide fusuma opening. Rinzai Zen Buddhism.
Jiko-in is generally open to the public.
Jiko-in, Koizumi-cho, Yamato Koriyama-shi, Nara-ken
Tel.: (0743) 53 3004
Fax: (0743) 53 3005
Jiko-in URL: www1.kcn.ne.jp/~jikoin/English-top.html
Joju-in dates back from the second half of the 15th century, but the present structure was only built in 1639. Joju-in has a pond garden with outstanding composition of pruned azalea scrubs. In its spatial arrangement it employs a shakkei of a small stone lantern across a narrow valley, adding this way a sense of depth to this outstandingly arranged garden space. Hosso Buddhism.
Usually Joju-in is not open to the general public, but in a few instances, Joju-in has hoste exhibitions, like a David Burne's "Sacred Objects." For a visit, application should be made on a return postcard. Entrance fee 800 yen. Photography not permitted.
Joju-in, 1-chome, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0862 Kyoto
Tel.: (075) 551 1234
Fax: (075) 551 1287
Continue to Kyoto, places to visit, Ka-Ki (5 of 11).