When we think of Kyoto, we often picture a city adorned with countless temples, shrines, and gardens. However, for those drawn to contemporary attractions, the Garden of Fine Arts is a must-visit destination in Kyoto.
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Kyoto City Guide | The Garden of Fine Arts by Tadao Ando - dans le gris

The Garden of Fine Arts, featuring a reproduction of Michelangelo's The Last Judgment. Photo courtesy of Dans Le Gris.
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The Garden of Fine Arts is the world's first open-air art garden, designed by the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. As the winner of the 1995 Pritzker Prize, Tadao Ando is celebrated for his exemplary craftsmanship, which evokes a Japanese sense of materiality and creates a spatial narrative through the minimalist aesthetics of international modernism.
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Kyoto City Guide | The Garden of Fine Arts by Tadao Ando - dans le gris
Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who designed the Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto.
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When we visit Tadao Ando's architecture, we might initially perceive it as large and powerful due to his predilection for concrete and the use of regular geometric shapes. However, the most fascinating aspect of Tadao Ando's work is its seeming hardness contrasted by walls that feel soft to the touch. The appearance changes over time, catching and reflecting light in a dynamic way. While concrete architecture can sometimes feel distant and cold, as seen in Brutalist architecture, this is not the case with Tadao Ando. His designs convey a sense of tranquility and a meditative atmosphere. These architectural features are also reflected in The Garden of Fine Arts.
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Kyoto City Guide | The Garden of Fine Arts by Tadao Ando - dans le gris
Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who designed the Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto, perfectly embodies his architectural features in this open-air art garden. Photo courtesy of Dans Le Gris.
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The Garden of Fine Arts displays reproductions of famous masterpieces on ceramic plates that are weatherproof and permanent. The artworks include Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment," Monet's "Water Lilies," Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," Renoir's "On the Terrace," Van Gogh's "Road with Cypresses," and "Starry Night." The Garden of Fine Arts includes large concrete beams atop massive pillars, interconnected by overlapping bridges and ramps. Walls adorned with cascading waterfalls lead to pools where paintings float gracefully on the water's surface.
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Kyoto City Guide | The Garden of Fine Arts by Tadao Ando - dans le gris
The Garden of Fine Arts displays reproductions of famous masterpieces, including Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Photo courtesy of Dans Le Gris.
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The Garden of Fine Arts, despite its name suggesting a garden, reminds us of a Japanese Zen garden in its absence of fresh plants and flowers. Instead, it emphasizes tranquility. The space serves as a refuge, allowing people to escape urban chaos and immerse themselves in light and art. When visiting the Garden of Fine Arts, we should not rush to classify it strictly as a museum or garden, but rather simply enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
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Kyoto City Guide | The Garden of Fine Arts by Tadao Ando - dans le gris
The Garden of Fine Arts is a must-visit destination in Kyoto, a place where you can simply enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Photo courtesy of Dans Le Gris.

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陶板名画の庭 Garden of Fine Arts


▸ Location: Kyoto, Japan
▸ Address: Shimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-0823
▸ Architect: Tadao Ando
▸ Admission Fee: Adults 100 yen
▸ Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
▸ Closed: December 28th - January 4th (The garden may also be closed for facility maintenance and other reasons.)
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