"Ogura Hyakunin Isshu", which is one of the most famous Japanese classical literatures.
It is said that it originated with Teika Fujiwara, who played an active role from the late Heian Era to the early Kamakura Era. He was asked by Yoritsuna (Renjo) Utsunomiya, the father of his son Tameie's wife, to choose one hundred poems to be written on the poetry cardboards, which were to be displayed in the Yoritsuna's villa in Sagano, Kyoto.
Shigureden is the only museum of Hyakunin Isshu in Japan where you can "see", "feel" and "learn" the diverse world of it.
At the entrance, Oguya-yama dimly visible in the river mist appears on the glass folding screen, which invites you into the world of subtle and beauty.
You can enjoy the variety of enchantments of Hyakunin Isshu through the valuable relevant materials like karuta, the dolls of the master poets which are precisely reproduced, the dioramas which remind you of the sceneries of the poems, etc.
It is a wonderful meeting with the 100 dolls of the master poets precisely reproduced based on kasen-e, the portraits with the poem.
In the explanation panels, the monuments inscribed with the poems and the referred kasen-e are introduced, as well as the interpretation of the poems and the poets' profiles.
The poems of Hyakunin Isshu are based on the background of the aristocratic cultures and manners of Heian Era.
At Yumebutai, the costumes, furniture and life manners which represent the times when the poems were made are elaborately reproduced at the size of one-fourth, by which you can explore their times.
The one hundred poems engraved in titan panels are displayed around the permanent exhibition rooms, together with commentaries.
It is a place for planned exhibition related to Hyakunin Isshu, highly-prized articles of the shrines and temples in Sagano and Arashiyama area, etc.
In the large room with 120-mat tatami on the second floor which commands the panoramic view of Arashiyama and Hozugawa, you can dress yourself in Heian costume and take a souvenir photo (Free of charge).
You can make stickers from the favorite photos (Pay service).
*The service may not be available due to certain reasons.
Pieces of touristic information of the surrounding area of Shigureden are provided, such as the tour to the 100 monuments inscribed with the poems set up around Arashiyama and Sagano area where Shigureden is located, as well as the places related to the poets.