Shosei-en Garden is a traditional Japanese formal garden thought to have been built in the ninth century on the site of Prince Minamoto Notoru's mansion. Fires in 1858 and 1864 burnt the walls and interior structures to the ground. They were thereafter restored, and in 1938 designated a National Historic Site. Within the grounds, there are several tea houses, a large pond, a small waterfall, many stone lanterns, and bridges - all a mere 10 minute walk from the main Kyoto Station and the bullet trains.
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