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Gyokusuien Gardens

Buddhist Sculpture of Seiko Sawada

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  • Gyokusuien Gardens
  • Buddhist Sculpture of Seiko Sawada

Tanimura Art Museum & Gyokusuien Gardens

Buddhist Artwork, Traditional Japanese Gardens & Modern Architecture

The Gyokusuien Gardens opened in 1981. Designed by acclaimed landscape architect Kinsaku Nakane, the gardens use the natural background to evoke a scene of two rivers flowing from the mountains in a serene, secluded setting. Enjoy viewing the gardens from the adjoining tea house or the hillside pavilion.

Beside the gardens, the Tanimura Art Museum opened in 1983. The museum features the Buddhist artwork of wood sculptor Seiko Sawada who is considered by many to be Japan’s greatest modern sculptor of Buddhist artwork.

Even the museum itself is a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by renowned architect Togo Murano. It was among the last buildings he designed before his passing and is considered a perfect example of Murano’s personal style of Brutalist architecture.

Travel along the corridor on a pilgrimage from the profane to the sacred and cleanse your mind and soul in this truly unique museum.

◆Tanimura Art Museum & Gyokusuien Gardens
 Adults: 500yen
 18 and under: 300yen
◆Joint Admission with Hisuien Gardens
 Adults: 800yen
 18 and under: 500yen

Address2-1-13 Kyōgamine, Itoigawa
Contact Info025-552-9277
Business Hours9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Days ClosedClosed Dec 28 - Jan 4
Parking & Transit InfoParking Available / 20 min walk from Itoigawa Station / 1 min walk from Kyōgamine 2-chōme Bus Stop (Rendaiji Line)