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Murin-an

Murin-an is a villa residence constructed between 1894-96 by Yamagata Aritomo, a politician active in Japan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
It is comprised of a garden and three buildings (main house, Western-style building and tearoom).
 
■Garden 
A modern Japanese garden masterpiece from the late nineteenth century. In place of the ponds and rocks likened to oceans and islands that were seen in Japanese gardens until that time, this garden reflects a new naturalist garden vision featuring a mountain village landscape and a dynamic water stream just like that of a natural brook. Among the cluster of garden villas in the Nanzen-ji Temple neighborhood, it is the only garden open to the public all year round. It was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty in 1951.
 
■Main House
A sukiya-zukuri residence that allows us to feel in the present day what a late nineteenth century Japanese house intimately bound to its garden space was like.
 
■Western-style House 
The characteristics of Japanese-style western architecture in Japan's age of modernization can be seen clearly.
On the second floor of the western-style building, there is the room used for the "Murin-an Conference," where former Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi and others held a discussion with Yamagata Aritomo in advance of the Russo-Japanese War, conveying the scene from that day to the present.
 
■Tearoom 
A tearoom given to Yamagata Aritomo and moved to Murin-an almost simultaneously with the villa's construction. It was created as a replica of the famous En'an tearoom of the Yabunouchi school of tea ceremony, but this traditional tearoom is also fascinating for its owner Yamagata Aritomo's recreation of it as a rational space for viewing the garden. 


■Guided Garden Tours
Guided services can be adjusted to accommodate requests. A garden expert will be your guide.
①Gardener guided tour (Wed., Thurs. & Sat., reservation required, fee charged)
②Expert guided tour (reservation required, fee charged)
③Weekend garden tour (every Sat., reservation required, fee charged)
④10 minute garden explanations (no reservation required, free)
 
■Tea Ceremony Experience
Experience a tea ceremony with matcha green tea inside the garden's tearoom. Comes with a guided tour of the garden (reservation required, fee charged).
 
■Murin-an Cafe
Relax with a beverage such as matcha green tea, coffee or craft beer, and sweets that include our original bean-jam pancake (dorayaki) and Russian cakes from Murakami Kaishindo (fee charged).
 
■Special Services
We hold events and lectures so that we can all "gather in the garden and nurture the garden."
①Moss Garden Creation Experience (held irregularly, reservation required, fee charged)
②Zaifu Tea at Murin-an (every Tues., fee charged)
③Seasonal arrangements and limited editions of matching tea sweets (irregularly scheduled, fee charged)
 
■Facility Rental
①Main house, second floor
②Tearoom
③Special Illuminated Nighttime Events
For details, see Murin-an's official website.

Historic Sites

Murin-an

Murin-an is a villa residence constructed between 1894-96 by Yamagata Aritomo, a politician active in Japan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
It is comprised of a garden and three buildings (main house, Western-style building and tearoom).
 
■Garden 
A modern Japanese garden masterpiece from the late nineteenth century. In place of the ponds and rocks likened to oceans and islands that were seen in Japanese gardens until that time, this garden reflects a new naturalist garden vision featuring a mountain village landscape and a dynamic water stream just like that of a natural brook. Among the cluster of garden villas in the Nanzen-ji Temple neighborhood, it is the only garden open to the public all year round. It was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty in 1951.
 
■Main House
A sukiya-zukuri residence that allows us to feel in the present day what a late nineteenth century Japanese house intimately bound to its garden space was like.
 
■Western-style House 
The characteristics of Japanese-style western architecture in Japan's age of modernization can be seen clearly.
On the second floor of the western-style building, there is the room used for the "Murin-an Conference," where former Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi and others held a discussion with Yamagata Aritomo in advance of the Russo-Japanese War, conveying the scene from that day to the present.
 
■Tearoom 
A tearoom given to Yamagata Aritomo and moved to Murin-an almost simultaneously with the villa's construction. It was created as a replica of the famous En'an tearoom of the Yabunouchi school of tea ceremony, but this traditional tearoom is also fascinating for its owner Yamagata Aritomo's recreation of it as a rational space for viewing the garden. 


■Guided Garden Tours
Guided services can be adjusted to accommodate requests. A garden expert will be your guide.
①Gardener guided tour (Wed., Thurs. & Sat., reservation required, fee charged)
②Expert guided tour (reservation required, fee charged)
③Weekend garden tour (every Sat., reservation required, fee charged)
④10 minute garden explanations (no reservation required, free)
 
■Tea Ceremony Experience
Experience a tea ceremony with matcha green tea inside the garden's tearoom. Comes with a guided tour of the garden (reservation required, fee charged).
 
■Murin-an Cafe
Relax with a beverage such as matcha green tea, coffee or craft beer, and sweets that include our original bean-jam pancake (dorayaki) and Russian cakes from Murakami Kaishindo (fee charged).
 
■Special Services
We hold events and lectures so that we can all "gather in the garden and nurture the garden."
①Moss Garden Creation Experience (held irregularly, reservation required, fee charged)
②Zaifu Tea at Murin-an (every Tues., fee charged)
③Seasonal arrangements and limited editions of matching tea sweets (irregularly scheduled, fee charged)
 
■Facility Rental
①Main house, second floor
②Tearoom
③Special Illuminated Nighttime Events
For details, see Murin-an's official website.
Address
31 Nanzenji Kusakawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8437
Tel
+81-75-771-3909
Email
pr@ueyakato.co.jp
Admission
Adults 600Yen  *Free for children under 6
Open
April-September 9:00AM-6:00PM /October-March 9:00AM-5:00PM (Last admission is 30 minutes before the closing time.)
Closed
December 29-31  ※Open from New Year’s Day.
Website
https://murin-an.jp/en/
Available(There are stepping stones in the garden, which makes it difficult for wheelchairs to enter, but we have prepared chairs with rollers so that you can view the garden from the rooms. Please notify the staff when using)

Access:
■City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau)
Kyoto Okazaki Loop bus: Get off at “Nanzenji, Biwako Canal Memorial Hall, Kyoto City Zoo Higashimon-mae” then walk 1 minute.
Via other City Bus: Get off at “Jingu-michi” or “Okazaki Koen / Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae)” (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) then walk 9~10 minutes. 

■Train (Kyoto City Tozai Subway Line)
Take the Kyoto City Tozai Subway Line and get off at Keage Station (T09), then walk 7 minutes.
Please visit the Kyoto Transportation Bureau homepage for timetables.
 
■Taxi
From Kyoto Station approximately 20 minutes.