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



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