Kiyosumi Garden Public Garden Tour Tokyo April 26, 2023

We will meet at the main entrance of Kiyosumi Teien at 10 AM, April 26, 2023.
After getting our tickets for the garden (150 Yen, not included in the ticket price) we will start the tour and I will tell you everything interesting about the garden’s history and its elements.

At 12 PM we can have lunch in the garden (please bring a lunch box in case you want to eat with us). I planned the tour to be finished after lunch, but if you have any questions, we can also continue until arriving back at the entrance.

Questions about the garden are welcome anytime.

Please bring your kids along but understand that I won’t interrupt the tour in case of “emergencies”. You are welcome to leave or join the group at any time. I understand that children can be louder, especially when bored, however, in case other participants will not be able to understand me, I will ask you to stay a little bit behind.

The tour is taking place in the rain! Note that Japanese gardens look especially nice when everything is wet.

I will cancel the tour only if the forecast predicts heavy rain or due to an emergency on my side.

Every participant of 15 years or older is asked to pay the fee of 35 Dollar for this 2-hour+ tour.

The tour will only take place by 3 or more participants!

I will refund the amount for the tour in case we receive an Email 24 hours prior to the set date.
The host can cancel the tour even in the morning prior the tour in case an emergency happens. In this case, the amount is fully refunded.
It is impossible to claim any other expenses you have made prior to participate in the tour.


Moss in the Japanese Garden

Moss in the Japanese Garden(苔)

Moss is one of the signature plants of Japanese gardens. Given the right conditions, it can cover large areas in a garden, it grows on stone lanterns, trees, garden stones. The Japanese climate fits perfectly to the plant’s needs: Japan is surrounded by the sea, which provides a general humid climate in spring, summer, and autumn. Between mid-June and early July, the rainy season drenches the naturally acidic soil.

The reason moss grows on nearly every available surface is in its biological structure. If the air humidity is 80% or higher, the leaves are able to absorb humidity and nutrients directly from the air. So what looks like roots are actually the plant’s holdfast. Moss prefers a nutrient-poor soil, too many nutrients can damage the plant. That is why it thrives in places where flowering plants have a hard time to survive. Moss is also an air cleaner. It absorbs pollutants like nitrates and ammonia.

Although Japan has a long rain season, rain isn’t actually necessary for moss to thrive. More important than the average annual rainfall is the air humidity. And even without rain, moss can also survive periods of drought. Although the leaves may seem dead, the plant is still alive and the leaves will return to their green color after watering.

Contents of the eBook
    • Moss in Japanese gardens
    • Introduction
    • Koke – Mosses and liverworts
    • Moss
    • Sugi-goke
    • Ōsugi-goke
    • Haihiba-goke
    • Kotsubo-goke
    • Hai-goke
    • Mizu-goke
    • Suna-goke
    • Zeni-goke
    • Ja-goke
    • Famous moss gardens
    • Saihō-ji aka Koke-dera, the moss temple in Kyoto (西芳寺、苔寺)
    • Gyokudo Art Museum, Mitake, Tokyo (玉堂美術館)
    • Nezu Art Museum, Tokyo (根津美術館)
    • Hakone Museum of Art, Hakone (箱根美術館)
  • Establishing moss in your garden
  • Moss Maintenance
18 pages
45 beautiful moss pictures

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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Customer’s Voice

This is a fascinating little book. I love visiting temples but my kids hate them so I don’t go very often. When I do go I just love the mossy sections so when I saw this book I decided to read it.

I had no idea there were so many varieties of moss and that it can grow in such varied conditions. To be honest I thought moss was some kind of naturally occurring thing but I’ve since learned it can be planted in the same manner as any other plant. I’m contemplating growing some moss in my own garden now!

The book is an easy but interesting read. Very detailed and clear photographs. Great explanations of the names in English and Japanese as well as the botanical names will make it easy to find these at my local garden centre.

I’m planning a trip to Kyoto later this month so will be looking to see which other books I can read. The gardens are most definitely my favourite part of a temple visit.



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Japanese Books List

(Examples) – Links are tied to Amazon Affiliate program.
Garden Stone Techniques - Garden Stone varieties and how to choose. Stone settings・Masonry・Stepping stones・Paving
Kyoto's Tsuboniwa
庭2017年08月号 - Garden magazine "Niwa" August 2017 Edition
Fences and Mud walls - How to tie, how to apply・Compact compiled
Walks with a Gardener・Kyoto's hidden gardens
A Look on Kyoto's tea gardens
Design Parts Collection In Japanese Traditional Style Garden

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