“Suirokaku”, the Aqueduct in Nanzen-ji Temple

Suirokaku at Nanzen-ji Temple was built in 1890. It’s a high-rise architectural canal that bridges over the Biwakososui River and is 93.2-meters long by 4-meters wide. For its modern architectural design, it was designated as a historical site in Kyoto in 1983.

2019-06-13   Visit: Temples & Shrines, Kyoto,

南禅寺水路閣


# A peculiar sight in Kyoto

Suirokaku at Nanzen-ji Temple
The bridge reminds us of Roman structures, but was designed by a Japanese, Sakuro Tanabe in the 1890s. Tanabe was only 22 years old at the time. This aqueduct brings water from Lake Biwa to the temple.  There must have been a lot of pressure to build this structure in what was the most noble temple in Japan, it is said that Tanabewas also was prepared to take responsibility if the bridge had failed.

Suirokaku at Nanzen-ji Temple

Suirokaku at Nanzen-ji Temple

# Have a walk on top
Tanabe had his own policy that stated, “Every architectural structure should be perfect from any perspective.” It is indeed beautiful from any direction and perfectly matches the scenery of Nanzen-ji.  You can get to the top of the canal using the stone staircases and have a nice walk along the water.

Suirokaku at Nanzen-ji Temple

The top of Suirokaku

Nanzen-ji temple

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Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435

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