Japan’s finest gardens can be found in Kyoto, Kamakura and Tokyo – The cities have been capitals and centers of Japanese culture and religion for centuries. The gardens, temples, palaces with world-famous gardens have seen times of war, devastating fires, earthquakes and survived until today for you to enjoy.
Kyoto, for example, has an unbelievable number of gardens – there are the ones that are in all the guide books and there are the ones that are lesser known, but nonetheless spectacular. Some of these gardens are only open for a few weeks in autumn or require reservation a few months in advance. Void of tourist masses, visiting these garden is much more enjoyable.
After having seen the big gardens of famous temples and imperial residences, one wonders: What do real Japanese house gardens look like? How do people in modern Japan design their own outdoor living spaces? What do they look for in a garden? How do they deal with the issue of limited space? And how do they mix their country’s rich garden culture with the needs of everyday life?