Famous Gardens


Famous Gardens Kyoto Area

Famous Gardens
When it comes to gardens, Kyoto is THE place to go. It has been the political, religious and cultural capital of Japan for several centuries, and this environment has fueled the development of all major Japanese traditions. Emperors, aristocrats, samurai – they all included wonderful gardens in their residences, some of which can still be explored today.

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Famous Gardens Tokyo Area

Famous Gardens in Tokyo
Being the capital of Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868), Tokyo’s gardens are fundamentally different from the ones you can find in Kyoto. Here, the contrast-coexistence between Old and New is striking. Entering a Tokyo garden gives you the feeling of time travel. At the garden gate you leave the hectic world behind you and take sanctuary in a perfect mini landscape.

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Famous Gardens Kamakura Area

Famous Gardens in Kamakura
Just 50 km outside of Tokyo, a train ride of an hour or less, you can find the garden paradise Kamakura. Kamakura is a very old town with a long tradtion. Most of the gardens belong to temples that were founded before or during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when Kamakura was the capital of Japan. Kamakura is surrounded by densely wooded mountains on three sites, which make a perfect backdrop for gardens (e.g. Zuisen-ji, the flower temple).

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Famous Gardens Other Areas

Famous Gardens in Other Regions
Pick a road less traveled and discover cute towns and old gardens in Japan’s countryside. Some of these smaller towns have surprisingly magnificent gardens, others are little gems you discover along the way. Experience the real Japan and you’ll find that the people in countryside are very warm and welcoming. Plus, really good food can be found here for little money.

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Featured Gardens

Zuiho-in Daitoku-ji Zen Garden Kyoto

A Christian inspired garden in Kyoto

Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese Garden in Tokyo

A board-game-like garden in Tokyo

Zuisen-ji temple garden in Kamakura

A flower temple in Kamakura

Adachi Museum of Art Japanese Garden

Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Shimane prefecture


The Gardens

Ryoan-ji dry landscape rock garden in Kyoto in Japan
Zuiho-in Daitoku-ji in Kyoto Japan
Ginkaku-ji Silver Pavilion in Kyoto Japan
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Rokuon-ji in Kyoto Japan
Daisen-in in Daitokuji, Kyoto, Japan
Saiho-ji Kokedera moss temple in Kyoto Japan
Adachi Museum of Art
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