zChamber for the Imperial Messenger (Chokushi no ma)

zThe Main Drawing Room (Omote shoin)

The Main Drawing Room (Omote shoin) looks towards the garden. It is very unique, for the railing in the veranda and a detached room in the southwest show the adoption of shinden zukuri (mansion architecture of aristocrats) in the Heian period. In the east side of the Main Drawing room, there is a building with a thatched roof, called Junjokan.

zMoss garden

Next to the Hondo, there is a garden called "Sakazukushi" which is arranged only with moss and white sand.

zOkushinden Hall

The Okushinden Hall was built in the beginning of Edo period. The rooms are arranged just as a Chinese character '田'. The main room is equipped with an extra space for reading (called shoin doko), shelves (called shoin dana), and a groove in the alcove commonly called musha gaeshi. Especially the alcove shelves, well known as its name "Daigo dana", have an engraving which became called 'enshu gonomi in the Edo period.


This is a tea room in the northeast of the Okushinden Hall. It was built in the end of Edo period. Its uniqueness lies in the four-and-half (Japanese) mat room and a round window in the east. In the south side there are the banboo verandah and the entrance. The roof is a kiritsuma (gable) type made of shingles.


A tea room in the garden of Sanboin.

zThree stepped waterfall

zKaramon (Chinese gate)

The Sanboin is one of the temples for the Imperial family. The Karamon is the special gate which opened the doors only when the Imperial messengers visited. Its gorgeous design reflects the atomosphere in the Momoyama period (1568-1615).