JAPANESE PARADISE GARDENS

Japanese Paradise Gardens also known as Pure Land or Jodo style are a Japanese garden style which emulates Buddha sitting on a platform or island contemplating in the middle of a lotus pond. The most famous example of a Japanese Paradise Garden is at Byodoin Temple in Uji Kyoto.

Japanese Paradise Gardens were introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks and followers of the Amida sect during the Heian Period. While the Japanese Paradise Garden style revolves around the concept of Buddha sitting on the platform in a pond, the practical implimentation of this style involves a Buddhist hall on an island called the Nakajima, where the island is connected to the shore by an arch shaped bridge.

There are some Japanese gardens, which draw on the style elements of Japanese Paradise Gardens, but which don't technically meet the criteria. These gardens include the one at Ginkaku-ji Temple with its Silver Pavilion, which may once have been a proper Japanese Paradise Garden, but was simplified over time with the filling in of part of the pond which connects to the pavilion. The related Kinkakuji Temple with its Golden Pavilion, appears from some angles to be a Paradise style garden, but isn't as there is a large land bridge connecting it with the shore.

Japanese Paradise Gardens - Byodoin Temple

Japanese Paradise Gardens - Byodoin Temple

JAPANESE PARADISE GARDENS OF JAPAN

IWATE PREFECTURE

Kanjizaio-in Temple
Kanjizaio-in Temple is the site of a Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Kanjizaio-in Temple was directly across the Frontier Way from the Enryuji and Kashoji temples (now within ...

Motsuji Temple
Motsuji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Motsuji Temple complex includes a Jodo (pure land) Japanese garden that contains the ruins of two much older temples...

KYOTO PREFECTURE

Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple
Byodoin Temple is a famous Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Byodoin Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms ...

Hokongo-in Temple

Hokongo-in Temple
Hokongo-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established in Hanazono, Kyoto in 1130. The current buildings were rebuilt in 1617. Hokongo-in Temple features a waterfall within its ground...

Joruri-ji Temple
Joruri-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, that was established in 1047 and is famous for its Jodo-shiki (pure land style) Japanese garden. This garden, which features a pond in front o...

NARA PREFECTURE

Enjo-ji Temple
Enjo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in north eastern Nara. Enjo-ji Temple is believed to have been established in 756AD. The two oldest structures at Enjo-ji Temple, whic...

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