A Guide to Kyoto’s Wooden and Traditional Architecture
Even though it is less known than the Katsura Imperial Palace (桂離宮), Manshu-in Temple (曼殊院), located in the eastern part of Kyoto, has the nickname of little Katsura. Aside from the historical ties, Katsura and Manshu-in share many characteristics. The main buildings are built in the style of sukiya (数寄屋造り) shoin construction, one that is greatly influenced by the art of tea ceremony with its understated spatial qualities and rustic material expressions. Manshu-in is also home of one of the most revered Japanese gardens in Kyoto.


Even though Suikoushya International Craft School is now up and running in France, our Kyoto workshop will still continue to operate and we want to welcome you when you’re in Kyoto!

Here in Kyoto you can explore the many different wooden architectural treasures of Japan!

the Katsura Imperial Palace (桂離宮)~Kyoto Traditional Architecture guide~