Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage

THE JAPANESE GARDEN Intensive Seminar Plus in Kyoto


Research Center for Japanese Garden Art & Historical Heritage

2-116 Uryu-yama, Kita-shirakawa,
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8271 JAPAN

It takes about 1 week for the replay. This e-mail address is for the questions about the intensive seminar only. Any questions regarding your stay in Kyoto, please ask your selected hotel directly.

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Tentative Schedule

This schedule is a program that can take the following contents

  • History of Japanese Garden and Architecture
  • Shrine Gardens and Japanese Nature
  • Zen, Tea Culture, and Gardens
  • Dry Landscape and the Pond Garden
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Ancient Garden Heritage
  • Modern Gardens and Contemporary Landscape

* The schedule may be subject to change.

Sunday, September 27

Students Arrive

Monday, September 28

Morning: Registration & Orientation
Afternoon: Visit Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine, Nishimura Shinto Priests' Houses

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Tuesday, September 29

Morning: Introductory Lectures on the Japanese Garden
Afternoon: Visit the gardens of Daitoku-ji, Zen monastery

Wednesday, September 30

Morning: Visit Daigo-ji garden
Afternoon: Visit Byodo-in garden
Visit the Garden of Suzaku, Contemporary garden

Thursday, October 1

All day excursion to Nara; Archetypical gardens, Joruri Temple, Keihanna Park. Visit restoration sites of ancient gardens, and learn the theory and methods of the restoration. We also visit some examples of the contemporary gardens, and discuss their future possibilities.

Nara 1 Nara 2

Friday, October 2

Morning and Afternoon:

On-site lectures on Zen temples gardens and hands-on practice in pruning for balanced maintenance in a historical garden in the Nanzen-ji monastery compound

Schedule image 5-1 hands-on practice

Saturday, October 3

Morning: Japanese tea ceremony
Afternoon: Visit the gardens of Kounji-ji, Zazen experience.
Visit the gardens of Watyu-an, Modern garden

Sunday, October 4

Free time all day

Monday, October 5

Morning: Visit Tairyu-sanso garden by Ogawa Jihei
Afternoon: Visit Murin-an garden by Ogawa Jihei´╝îlectures on the Materials and Construction

Tuesday, October 6

Morning: Visit a stone cutter's workshop

stone cutter's workshop

Afternoon: Lectures on Japanese Gardens Outside of Japan International colloquium

Lectures on Japanese Gardens Outside of Japan International colloquium

Wednesday, October 7

Morning: Visit the Tenryu-ji
Afternoon: Visit the Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji

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Thursday, October 8

Morning: On-site lectures on Cultural property garden and hands-on practice
Afternoon: free time

Friday, October 9

Morning: Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace and another Imperial garden
Afternoon: Visit Machiya house

Saturday, October 10

All day garden making workshop, deep in the Japanese moutains at Ashu

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Sunday, October 11

Visit the house of Douglas Woodruff and return to Kyoto and a Closing Ceremony