The Garden

A landscape overflowing with respect for Kyoto; harmony between structures and gardens.

Beautiful gardens are an indispensable part of Kyoto’s scenery.
The seasons elapse as the year passes; light elapses as the day passes.
A garden looks different every time you look at it; a changing reflection of nature itself.

Teioku Ichinyo – a term used to describe the harmony between structures and gardens – a concept that has been cherished in the old capital for centuries.

Our courtyard garden is located in the centre of the property and measures some 1,300㎡.
Landscape Designer Shunsaku Miyagi has created a modern recreation of the garden of the Mitsui residence that used to be located on the site of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO.
The SHIKI-NO-MA room is a modern reconstruction - using Japanese cypress - of the original Okusho-in from the former residence. The new SHIKI-NO-MA may be used as a private dining facility for the hotel’s restaurants. The spirit of teioku ichinyo is alive and well – you can feel it walking from the entrance into the lobby and further into the lounge area; the same goes for the courtyard garden and its suiban water basin.
Several stone lanterns and garden rock features have been given a new lease of life in the hotel garden; the colour of the grasses, the aroma of the flowers, the sound of the wind and the water, the chirruping of the insect life all serve to mark the passing of the seasons.

Best viewing season for certain plants and trees

Year-round Evergreens: red pine, black pine, Japanese blue oak, bamboo-leaved oak, moso bamboo, moss, etc.
Spring (March-May) Flowers: Japanese sapphireberry, camellia wabisuke, prunus mume pendula, hana peach, weeping double-petalled sakura cherry blossom, Japanese andromeda, Rhododendron indicum, Rhaphiolepis umbellata, Reeve's spiraea, Enkianthus perulatus, Rhododendron dilatatum, Spiraea thunbergii, Epimedium grandiflorum
Fresh Green: Japanese maple, Acer sieboldianum
Reds and Yellows: Japanese shield fern
Summer (June-August) Flowers: alder-leafed whitebeam, crepe-myrtle, Japanese stewartia, Kousa dogwood, Sobaria grandiflora, Plantain lilies, lily turf, Liriope muscari
Fresh Green: Chameleon plant
Reds and Yellows: Morella rubra
Autumn (September-November) Flowers: Camellia sasanqua, toad lily
Reds and Yellows: alder-leafed whitebeam, Acer sieboldianum, crepe-myrtle, prunus mume pendula, Japanese stewartia, hana peach, weeping double-petalled sakura cherry blossom, Kousa dogwood, Reeve's spiraea, Enkianthus perulatus, Sorbaria grandiflora, Rhododendron dilatatum, Spiraea thunbergii
In Ear: Pampas Grass
Nuts: Japanese ternstroemia, alder-leafed whitebeam, Japanese flowering dogwood
Winter (December-February) Flowers: Camellia japonica, camellia hiemalis, Daphne ordora, leopard plant
Nuts: : Kurogane holly, Nepal holly, Sarcandra glabra, Japanese ardisia