Former Chikurin-in Temple

This temple was once used as a place for priests to stay, but it is known under the ownership of the city, as is therefore open to the public.
The 3,306 m² temple garden, which uses the clear waters of the Omiya-gawa River, and the backdrop provided by Mt. Hachioji, is a nationally-designed site of scenic beauty. Guests may drink matcha tea while they look out on the garden. Within the garden are two skillfully constructed tea houses and a gazebo, amongst which one tea house with a gabled and thatched roof is known as the “Seat of the Milky Way,” and has an unusual shape.
There are no other examples of such a tea house in Japan, except for the Mushakoji Senke School of Tea in Tokyo.

Address 5-2-13 Sakamoto, Otsu City
Access ■By train
・20 min walk from JR Hieizan Sakamoto Station
・5 min walk from Keihan Sakamoto Hieizan-guchi Station
■By car
10 min from Kosei Road Shimosakamoto Interchange
Parking 10 cars, 10 large vehicles
Contact TEL:+81-77-578-0955
Business Hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Reception closes at 4:30 p.m.)
Closed on Monday (Open the following day when Monday is a national holiday), New Years
Price 320 yen (Group discount for groups of 15 or more: 250 yen)
URL http://kyuchikuriin.web.fc2.com/