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Friday, April 26, 2013

Cycling Kyoto to Jonangu Shrine

Jonangu Shrineツツジとフジ、新緑の庭彩る 城南宮で見頃

For those with an itch to see azalea and wisteria, Jonangu Shrine in south Kyoto is a fine place to start.

The surrounding area is not easy on the eyes - were it not for safety issues, we would recommend horse blinders - but once inside the grounds of the shrine it is divine.

The shrine is well known for its gardens. Each represents four different styles from four periods in Japanese history: Heian, Muromachi, Momoyama, and Heisei.

One of the gardens is believed to have featured in Lady Murasaki's Tales of the Genji, and the Shrine boasts more than 100 types of flowering plants.


Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm (last entry at 4 pm)

Entrance Fee: 500 Yen

For cyclists, it on the way - though a bit of a detour - to Fushimi. From Sumizome Station, it will take about 10 minutes.

Jonangu Shrine Cycling Map

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Photo © Kyoto Shinbun


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