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).
The temples and gardens are amongst the oldest in the country.