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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Daisenin Shoin Garden 大仙院書院庭園

Feel the spirit of Zen through a walk in a famous garden

Daisen-in's outstanding Japanese garden is located within the compound of one of Kyoto’s most important Zen temples.

Don't Miss

  • One of Japan's best Zen gardens, influenced by Chinese Song Dynasty landscape paintings
  • The weekend Zazen meditation sessions

Quick Facts

The name of Daisen-in means "The Hall of the Great Immortals"

Founded in 1509, Daisen-in houses the oldest surviving example of a tokonoma alcove, as well as fusuma sliding doors that are Important Cultural Properties

How to Get There

It can be accessible by train or bus.

Daisen-in is within the Daitokuji Temple complex, a fifteen minute walk from Kitaoji Station, on the Karasuma Line. Alternately, take the #205 or the #206 bus from Kyoto Station and get off at Daitokuji-mae bus stop.

Daisen-in, located inside the Daitoku-ji temple precincts, is one of the oldest buildings of the Rinzai Zen sect of Buddhism. Zen is famous for the practice of “zazen” or religious meditation. Daisen-in Shoin Temple Garden is a Karesansui type of garden, which expresses the flow of water from the mountains to the sea using only stones, sand, trees and plants.

The symbols of the elements in the garden

The narrow space on the east side of the temple is filled with stones of various sizes, symbolizing the natural environment of steep mountains and deep valleys. This narrow space “flows” into the Daisen-in’s larger garden, which symbolizes a torrent rushing into the great ocean. The garden has been designated a special scenic site and historic site by the Japanese government.

The Main Hall

The Main Hall has been designated a National Treasure, and the paintings on the sliding screen doors within are Important Cultural Properties. Painted in a Chinese monochromatic style by Kano Motonobu, they depict the natural scenery of flowers and birds.

Daisen-in is open from 9am – 5pm and costs 400 yen to enter. The temple hosts zazen meditation sessions here on Saturdays and Sundays from 5-6pm from March to November, and from 4:30pm – 5:30pm from December to February. Zazen sessions have a fee of 1000 yen per person.

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