In the central part of the modern metropolitan of Kyoto stand ancient treasures including Nijo-jo Castle and the Gion District.
This garden was designed at the request of Sen-nyo, a priest of Higashi-Hongwan-ji Temple. You can enjoy viewing plum and cherry blossoms in Shosei-en Garden in the spring, irises and water lilies in summer, and maple leaves in the autumn.
The temple was founded in 1272 by the daughter of Shinran (1173-1263), the sect's founder. Shinran's teachings were simpler than the doctrines of other Buddhist schools and became very popular with the poor. His influence grew rapidly, and in time the ruling shoguns began to fear the temple's influence. Thus the sect was divided into two schools, with a rival temple, Higashi Hongwan-ji Temple, being established close by. As evidenced by its stunning decorations however, Nishi Hongwan-ji Temple has continued to prosper.