There are traditional old houses as well as Japanese cultural assets remaining around Kyoto Washin-kan.
It is a walk tour course heading the Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum via Sanjusangen-do Temple, famous for 1001 Kannon statues inside the building designated as National Treasure.
Why don’t you enjoy walking before or after the culture experiences at Kyoto Washinkan?
The Washin-kan’s area is recognized as a historical town, in which there is a huge temple bell, well-known as the trigger of the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.
This battle was the significant event that had caused the beginning of the Edo Era.
Japanese old houses remain and the large stone wall of Kyoto National Museum and Houkoku Shrine is preserved as it was at that time. You can enjoy strolling about the town after cultural activities at Kyoto Washin-kan.
Toyokuni Jinjya Shrine
Toyokuni Jinjya Shrine was constructed after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler in the 16th century, in order to honor his soul. The shrine was demolished in the Tokugawa Shogunate period once, then reconstructed in the Meiji era. The entrance gate is remains of Fushimi Castle, constructed in the Momoyama era in the 16th century and designated as National Treasure.
Also you can see a famous hanging bell triggered the famous battle, Osaka-Fuyu-no-Jin in 1614 in Hokoji Temple next to the shrine.
This temple is famous for its unique style garden and the sliding door paintings by Hasegawa Tohaku. The garden view from the veranda of the main hall is expressed a small mountain covered by Japanese azaleas and maple trees, and the carps are swimming in the pond on the foot of the small mountain. It’s so tranquil. There is a special room located on the side of the main hall. Here you can enjoy the National Treasure Paintings by Hasegawa Tohaku. These paintings from the 16th century, expressed a dynamic beauty of nature. It’s the must-see treasures in Kyoto!
KAWAI KANJIRO Memorial Museum
This museum used to be the house as well as the workplace of Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966) who was well-known as a mingei folk-art artist. Not only pottery but also furniture designed by Kanjiro were worthy to see.
Closed on Mondays (Open Monday if it is a National Holiday and Tuesday closed.)
train：10 min-walk from Keihan Shichijo Stn.
Take Kyoto City Bus NO.100, 206 or 208 from Kyoto Stn and get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo mae Bus stop. 5 min-walk from the Bus stop.