Mimuroto-ji Temple is known for its spectacular gardens, and it is sometimes called the "Temple of Flowers." Mimuroto-ji is located in Uji City, part of Kyoto's tea-producing region in the south of Kyoto Prefecture. From late April to early May, you can find a sea of some 20,000 azaleas—one of the best displays in the Kansai region—and wander through the garden paths to surround yourself with the flowers. Opposite the azalea gardens are approximately 10,000 hydrangeas that begin to blossom in June, surrounding visitors with magnificent shades of pinks and blues. Finally, as you get closer to temple's main hall, you'll find a huge display of lotus flowers which bloom in all shades of pink and white from late June to early August. Make the most of the flowers by taking a rest at the tea house inside the temple grounds. Take in the pond and dry rock gardens, and of course the Buddhist statues, which are designated Important Cultural Assets.
- 21 Todo Shigatani, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: 15 minute walk (or take a taxi or bus) from Mimurodo Station on the Keihan Line.
Car: About 3 minutes from Uji-Higashi IC on Keiji bypass. (If you are coming from the Osaka area, use the Keiji bypass and exit at the Uji-Nishi Interchange (IC).)
*Please use public transport on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-late June, as parking is crowded during this time.
- Business Hours
- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (April 1st - October 31st) / 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (November 1st - March 31st)
*Final admission tickets issued 30 mins before closing
*Admission will be cancelled if weather warnings are issued
Closed: December 29th, 30th, and 31st
- For regular-sized vehicles: 300 cars (Price: 500 yen)
*When crowded, time limits may apply and the temple's final admission time may be moved earlier.