The Musée Guimet has long been a favourite of mine and I discovered on a visit to Paris last week that it has absorbed the nearby Hotel Heidelbach, home to the Panthéon bouddhique, which features lots of Buddhist sculpture from Japan, and a delightful Japanese garden.
The building dates from 1913 and belonged to Alfred Heidelbach, banker and president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Paris. The Panthéon bouddhique opened there in 1991. The garden has a fine tea house designed by Prof Nakamura Masao and installed in 2001 by master carpenter Yamamoto.
The garden is compact but offers welcome respite from the bustle of city life, especially on a warm day. You can walk along the plank bridge and step from stone to stone along the paths; you can admire the reflections; you can enjoy the white of the pebbles and the green of the bamboo.
Galeries du Panthéon bouddhique
Above and below: Japanese garden at the Panthéon bouddhique. Photos: STF.