Gardens

Suizen-ji

Photowalk to Suizen-ji Park

Suizen-ji Jōju-en is a traditional Japanese garden landscaped around a natural spring pond. It was built by the Hosokawa family in the 17th century. The most interesting aspect of the garden is that it reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the road, which connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period, in miniature form, including a small Mt. Fuji.

Today I traveled to Kumamoto almost 750 km away, to visit the lovely Suizen-ji Garden Suizenji Garden (水前寺成趣園) is a Japanese style landscape garden in Kumamoto The garden is named after a Buddhist temple Suizen-ji that no longer exists on the grounds The origins of the garden go way back to 1632, when Tadatoshi Hosokawa, the administrator of Kumamoto, built the Buddhist temple Suizenji It was completed by 1670 and named Suizenji Jojuen which means “Garden of Elegance” Nara to Kumamoto From Nara I took the local train up to Osaka From Osaka I had to take another change-up to Shin Osaka, since bullet trains don’t have a stop at
Adachi Garden

The heavenly Adachi Gardens

The Adachi gardens feels like part of a painting. Too bad visitors cannot touch or walk among the heavenly garden. The garden is the brain-child of Adachi Zenko who created it in 1980 as a way of combining his passions for Japanese art and garden design.

The Adachi gardens feels like part of a painting Too bad visitors cannot touch or walk among the heavenly garden The garden is the brain-child of Adachi Zenko who created it in 1980 as a way of combining his passions for Japanese art and garden design Journey into Shimane Shimane countryside Shimane countryside Shimane countryside with Mt Daisen in the background Getting down at Yasugi Getting down at Yasugi Station Exhibits inside Yasugi Station Exhibits inside Yasugi Station Bus to Adachi Museum of Art [ngg src=”galleries”
Ritsurin Garden

A stroll at Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden is a chestnut grove garden, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan. The garden is situated in the city of Takamatsu and dates back to the early 17th century. The garden has six ponds and thirteen mounds strategically placed to use Mt Shiun as a background. Different flowers bloom all year round with the scenery changing with every step I took.

Ritsurin Garden is a chestnut grove garden, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan The garden is situated in the city of Takamatsu and dates back to the early 17th century The garden has six ponds and thirteen mounds strategically placed to use Mt Shiun as a background Different flowers bloom all year round with the scenery changing with every step I took
Hasedera

The Ajisai Garden of Hasedera Temple

We pay a visit to the ancient temple of Hasedera where the Ajisai is in full bloom in the monsoon season. The 1300 year old temple is also known as Ajisaidera or Hydrangea Temple, because of the hundreds of hydrangeas splashing the temple gardens in vibrant colors.

On a lovely sunny day, Mani & I left for Hase-dera Temple in Nara It had been raining incessantly for the whole week and we were lucky to have caught a break over the weekend Hase-dera is not very far away from Nara but we had to change a couple of trains to reach the Hasedera Station From Kintetsu Nara Station we took the train to Yamato-Saidaiji Station, then from there, another to Yamatoyagi At Yamatoyagi we changed to a semi-express train for Hasedera Catching the train from Kintetsu Nara Station On the train Mani explained to me how the original Hasedera was founded in 686 AD when a

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