The Sanboin (literally "House of Three Treasures, i.e., Buddha, Dharma, Samgha") was built by Shogaku, the 14th archbishop of Daigoji-temple, in 1115. It has been a residence of the archbishops of Daigoji-temple. In early days, it was called "Kongorin-in (literally House of Diamond Wheel)".
When you enter the gate of the Sanboin, you come to the Great Entrance (Daigenkan) of the building. On your right side there are Aoi Chamber (Aoi no ma), Akigusa Chamber (Agigusa no ma), and Chamber for the Imperial @Messenger (Chokushi no ma). You can't miss those chambers as well as Okushinden Hall, Junjokan in the east, and Miroku Hall. All of them are important cultural properties. Of course we should not forget national treasures such as the Main Drawing room (Omote shoin), from which you can look over the garden, and the Karamon (Chinese gate).
@The Garden of Sanboin is a special historic and scenic spot. Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered specialists such as Takeda Baishoken, arrange the garden in 1598. It was on the occasion of gHanami at Daigoh. (hanami is the cherry-blossom party.) The scenic stone "Fujito ishi" which is also called "Sengoku ishi" was moved from the Jurakudai, Hideyoshi's residence.
@This garden is classified into so called excursion type in which one can walk around. Nevertheless, you can see a waterfall, islands, and bridges in the garden from the Main Drawing room. A smaller depth seems to have been arranged for the whole view which you can get from the building. The dynamic plan of stones arrangement reflects the personality of Hideyoshi.
@This Sanboin, moreover, has the other wonderful gardens. For instance, there is a karesansui type of garden located between the tea room called 'Chinryutei' at the back of the waterfall and the Hondo. (A Karesansui type of garden expresses the scenery of hills and waters without using water.) Next to this garden, there is an interesting garden called "Sakazukushi" which is arranged only with moss and white sand.

Sanboin Map

Please enter the Sanboin

A place of
special scenic beauty
special historical interest