Chountei

Chountei is a garden located in the south of Kyoto. This garden is known as the garden of the sound tide and is a wonderful zen garden located behind Kenniji temple. The garden has 3 stones that represents Buddha and two Zen monks, and another stone that is known as a zazen seki, which is a stone used for meditation. The garden has maple trees placed around to allow onlookers to have a beautiful view from each direction.

Kenniniji temple

Chountei garden at Kenniniji temple, t t

Kenniniji temple, where the garden is located, is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It was built in 1202 by Eisai who is also known as Yosai, who was a Buddhist monk who brought Zen Buddhism and tea cultivation from China to Japan. It is open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm every day.


To get to the garden it will take around 20minutes from Kyoto station by bus.

Chountei website:   kenninji.jp

 

Chountei location and hours


For the best tea ceremony experience in Kyoto with a historic atmosphere, please check out Maikoya Tea Ceremony.

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