Nanzen-ji Junsei Shoin Garden

Nanzen-ji Junsei Shoin Garden

Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Landscaped: in Edo period

 

Karaku-meisho-zue (1864)

Karaku-meisho-zue (1864)

Nanzen-ji Junsei website

Junsei Shoin was originally a medical school established in 1839 by Ryotei Shingu, a famous doctor of Western learning. It was built next to the Nanzen-ji Temple and its elegant building and garden were made famous by “Karaku-meisho-zue,” a guidebook to the Higashiyama area written at the end of the Edo period.

At the time, it had an orchard and a large herb garden where precious medical herbs were planted. Today, “Junsei,” a boiled tofu restaurant, has taken it over and preserves its garden and building, including “Jodan-no-ma,” a room where Ryotei Shingu gave lectures. In the garden, medical herbs are still planted, retaining the atmosphere of the medical school at that time. The Junsei Shoin and its stone gate are Registered National Tangible Cultural Properties.