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What is Saigyo-an

Saigyo-an is the residence of poet, Saijyohoshi (1118-1190) who was active during the Middle Ages of Japan. It is a residence with a thatched roof. Saijyohoshi was a samurai that served the emperor but at the age of 22, became a priest and visited other countries. He loved nature. He especially loved cherry trees and his poem "Under the Cherry Moon" is famous.

The residence Saijyohoshi built included the main building, tearoom, and Saigyo-do hall. The main building was moved from Daitoku-ji Temple. The tea room became a very famous tea room during the high of tea ceremonies (late 1500’s during the Momoyama period), and the round window of the tea house covered with shoji paper, called Ensodoko, is also well known.

The tea room requires an admission fee because of the artistry involved in the tea ceremony (3000 yen).


From JR Kyoto Station, take the City Bus 206 toward Kitaooji Bus Terminal and get off at the "Higashiyamayasui" stop. It is a 4 minute walk from the bus stop and is adjacent to the "Road of NeNe".

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Description: Saigyo-an

Sights Saigyo-an (西行庵)
Address Washio-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone:
Duration 30Minutes
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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