Shinsen-en is a so-called "forbidden garden" (a garden made especially for the emperor) built during the construction of Kyoto as the capital of Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), and the site was visited by a number of emperors throughout history. Poetry and music recitations, sumo wrestling, and other passtimes of the capital were performed at the garden. During the moon-viewing party, special goshu-in booklets (booklets in which to collect stamps or calligraphic signatures from shrines and temples) will be offered. A moon-viewing ritual will be performed at the temple's main hall at 6 p.m., and tea will be available at 6:30 p.m., while enjoying the moon. A ritual music performance will be performed at 7 p.m. The garden will also be specially opened during this event.
September 14 (Sat), 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Shinsen-en Temple (A Shingon Buddhist temple)
Subway Tozai Line to Nijo-jo-mae (Nijo-jo Castle) Station
Seated tea service requires a fee of 700-1,000 yen (Available to up to 150 people on the day of the event)