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Rozan-ji is a Tendai branch Buddhist temple located just to the Northeast of the Imperial Palace Park. Its history dates back to the mid-tenth century, and is one of only four temples to have a private Buddhist chapel for the Imperial family.
The temple was built on the grounds where Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the famous Tale of Genji, has lived. Today, Rozan-ji is thus popular with Genji enthusiasts. Its main garden, in karesansui-style, is called the “Garden of Genji” 源氏庭, and is known for the many Japanese bellflowers blooming in June. Maple foliage is also beautiful at this temple, particularly in a second garden further to the back.

Admission: open year-round
Nearby places of interest: Nashiki Shrine, Imperial Palace Park, State Guest House

Bellflowers at Rozan-ji's karesansui-style garden.

Bellflowers at Rozan-ji's karesansui-style garden.

Summer 夏
Autumn 秋
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