Collaborative poster with the Kyoto Department of Transport

Collaborative poster with the Kyoto Department of Transport

In collaboration with the Kyoto City Department of Transport, new posters with the Department’s anime character inside Murin-an were posted across stations. With the Higashiyama mountains in the background, the character sits on the veranda of the Japanese building, while two of our gardeners and another character are in the back on the small wild flower hills. 

Kyoto Shimbun – Japanese Noh

Murin-an‘s event “Learn the basics of  Noh (classical Japanese musical drama)” was featured in the Kyoto Shimbun. Throughout the year we offer events promoting and expressing the value of the garden. We will continue to establish a diverse cultural program to enjoy the rich facets of Japanese culture connected to Japanese garden artistry. 


A Kyoto Machiya-style private residence with small gardens that Ueyakato created and has been fostering was featured in an architecture magazine. The Japanese gardens were introduced as unique features complimenting the newly reconstructed architecture, which could be a model for Kyoto-style buildings desired by heritage conscious Japanese and foreigners alike.



The Nikkei – Motto Kansai

Murin-an was featured as a pioneer of modern Japanese gardens design in The Nikkei. The article sheds light on the historical importance of the garden and explained its characteristics in detail.  Also introduced are our recent events to show visitors the preciousness of the garden and our efforts to foster it since becoming the designated management. The long-term fostering management is essential to keep historical sights viable. We, Ueyakato, will continue to devote time and effort to precise garden management and making gardens accessible to all our visitors. 

Iwakura@Taiseihokan stamp rally

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura which Ueyakato operates, is featured in guide booklets issued in commemoration of the 150 year anniversary of the restoration of imperial rule. The booklets provide model tour routes to visit historical sites and places where you can collect stamps along the way. We look forward to welcoming you on the route to the former residence of the prominent politician Tomomi Iwakura of the Meiji era.

Keihanna Park Fun in the Forest

The summer event “Fun in the forest”, featured both in the Yomiuri Shimbun and Kyoto Shimbun, was held in the “Budding Tree Forest” section of the Keihanna Commemorative Park. At the park, you can enjoy a diverse wild flora. On this special occasion, children were invited to have fun with a swing and ladders set on the trees during their summer holidays.  

Rare Bee@Mainichi Shimbun

The discovery of an endangered species Stizus pulcherrimus by our staff member Inamoto at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun. This wasp is registered on the Red List of threatened species issued by the Ministry of the Environment. At Keihanna, we strive to provide and protect diverse habitat for wild plants and animals. 


Murin-an was featured in a monthly publication on tea called “Cha-no-Ma” (August issue), described as a place where delicious Japanese green tea is served in Kyoto all year around. Every bowl of Matcha is made for each guest with great care. Cold Matcha is also available during hot summer months. Please check our various tea events, including tea ceremonies and workshops at the Tea House inside the garden.


Murin-an was featured in a travel magazine called “Tabi-no-Techo” as a leading modern Japanese garden, drawing in the water from Lake Biwa canal. The magazine introduces Murin-an as creation of the noted garden craftsman Jihei Ogawa VII and a representative of transient sensibility of the Meiji period. Please ask at the reception for a 10-minute guided tour offered free of charge anytime of the day.

Charophyceae at Keihanna@Mainichi Shimbun

The endangered species Charophyceae growing at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in The Mainichi Shimbun. The algae, now on the Red List of threatened species, used to be seen across the nation in ponds and paddy fields, but use of chemicals and modern land cultivation methods have led to near extinction. At Keihanna, rice is grown organically and in the traditional wet fields, so plants like Charophyceae can still grow in their natural habitat. 

The daylily flowering at Keihanna Commemorative Park

The daylily flowering at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in ”The Mainichi Shimbun”. The night-blooming yellow flower that lasts no more than 24 hours started opening in the evening. Our staff Inamoto, the expert for biological surveys in the park, explained the beautiful characteristics of the flower. 

Ueyakato Landscape curator@Hanazono University

Our curator Nobuhiro Shigeoka of the Designated Management Department was featured in the school pamphlet of Hanazono University, Kyoto. As a shining alumnus, his succesful efforts to preserve and promote National Historic Sites, as both Murin-an garden and  The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura are, were introduced. If you come across the article, take a look! “OB’s MESSAGE”

Light-up at Murin-an @Kyoto Shimbun

The “Fresh Greenery Illuminationat Murin-an garden was featured in The Kyoto Shimbun. The event was introduced as a successful synthesis of cultural heritage preservation and tourism effort as the garden was transformed with many lighting equipment without any alteration to the property. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the preparation, especially LEM Design Studio Co. Ltd. Without them we couldn’t have brought this event to the community to enjoy the special night view of Murin-an garden. 

Ueyakato Landscapes Co., LTD.@Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo”

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of ”The Architectural Association of Japan”, an anniversary edition of “Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo””  was issued. In addition to an interview with our company president about the making of the garden at the “Hoshinoya Kyoto” resort, recent garden activities as well as our garden at the “Hoshinoya Tokyo” resort were covered. We will continue to strive to provide beautiful gardens while expanding the range of activities aimed at raising awareness of Japanese gardens. Anniversary edition “Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo””


Subtle signs of spring – Purple Viola Inconspicua@The Kyoto Shimbun

The Kyoto Shimbun (Kyoto Newspaper) published an article on the purple Viola Inconspicua, a small wildflower type that can be found on the lawn of Murin-an Garden, announcing us the full arrival of spring. The garden was built according to the design and thoughts of the Meiji politician, Aritomo Yamagata and Ueyakato devotes considerable effort to foster the various wildflower types, that Yamagata adored. In fact, it is unusual for a Japanese garden to grow wildflowers, most often picked out as weed. Our specialized gardeners have put thorough work into keeping more than 30 types of wildflowers, even throughout the harsh winter season.  

A designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an was featured in Photography Journal ‘Asahicamera’ April 2017 issue.

A designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an which we Ueyakato is the designated management agent and maintain and run was featured in Photography Journal ‘Asahicamera’ April 2017 issue.
You can enjoy a picture of Murin-an garden in winter captured so exquisitely by a photographer Shinichi Sato who has been taking photos of various gardens.
According to Mr. Sato, it is hard to shoot gardens in winter as there is no much greenery, however that is when visitors could take notice of other structures such as stone arrangements or streams. Besides, the world of gardens through the lens has another depth to it.

OZ magazine March 2017

An interview with our company president Tomoki Kato on our works of the creation and maintenance of the garden of HOSHINOYA Kyoto Inn was featured in the Japanese magazine ‘OZmagazine'(2017 March, No.539)  It touched foundations of Japanese gardens: the design concept, long term maintenance policy, and how to foster the featured garden which is located in the best part of Arashiyama. We realized that our time consuming fostering efforts paid off as the enhanced beauty of the garden was appreciated.

Niwa 2017、Vol. 226

December 29, 2016 (Thursday) – Murin-an was featured in the Japanese garden magazine ‘Niwa’ (2017, No. 226, Vol. 2). Organized by efforts of a local group (‘Niwa Ikoiko’), that promotes various ways to enjoy Japanese garden, people with impaired vision were invited. The participants experienced the appeal of the garden, like its stepping stones across the small streams, and left with delight: ‘I wanna stay forever’, ‘I liked the touch of the grass and moss’ were one of their comments. These keep us motivated to continue to provide and support events alike. 

‘Niwa’ (2017, No. 226, Vol. 2) (Japanese)

Magazine “leaf” November 2016 Issue

In the magazine “leaf” November 2016 issue was an article about Murin-an, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The garden was introduced as part of the “hints to a wonderful lifestyle” about the cultural scenic landscape of the Okazaki neighborhood. Beautiful photos of the garden include the occasion when the Mayor of Kyoto visited Murin-an. If you are ever in Kyoto, please enjoy the trickling stream from the Lake Biwa Canal that is drawn into this tranquil garden at Murin-an.

“leaf” November 2016

Magazine Daiwa House D-room Vol.13 Autumn 2016 Issue

The magazine Daiwa House D-room Vol.13 Autumn 2016 issue features an interview of our president, Tomoki Kato. He explains how a Cultural Heritage Garden is fostered and maintained according to its intrinsic or true aesthetic value through the example of Murin-an garden. In addition, he introduces the different ways visitors can enjoy Murin-an, a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty.