ZEN GARDEN

Zen Garden also known as a Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or dry landscape garden is a very distinctive form of Japanese gardens. The zen garden uses sand or lightly colored gravel to symbolize water and moss with larger rocks to represent land and mountains.

Zen Garden - Ryoan-ji Temple

Zen Garden - Ryoan-ji Temple

ZEN GARDENS OF JAPAN

ZEN GARDENS FUKUOKA PREFECTURE

Komyozenji Temple

Komyozenji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Dazaifu near Fukuoka, features two styles of Japanese garden; a stone zen garden plus a stone and moss garden. Komyozenji Temple was established in 1273 by a Buddhist priest called Tetsugyu Enshin.

ZEN GARDENS KYOTO PREFECTURE

Daisenin Temple

Daisenin Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Daitokuji Temple and is within the same compound in Kyoto. Daisenin Temple is famous for its rock garden, which is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Unfortunately Daisenin Temple no longer allows photography including ANY cameras in the section with the garden.

Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple is a large temple complex with 22 sub-temples including some with famous Japanese gardens. Daitokuji Temple is well known and recognised for its beauty and is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Daitokuji Temple features a very large Sanmon (main gate - Important Cultural Property), Butsuden (Buddha Hall - Important Cultural Property), Hatto (Dharma Hall - Important Cultural Property), Hojo (Abbot's Quarters - National Treasure), Yokushitsu (Bath House), Karamon (Chinese Gate - National Treasure), Chokushimon (Imperial Messenger Gate) and Kyozo (Sutra Library). The Karamon (Chinese Gate) was moved to Daitokuji Temple from Fushimi Castle and the Chokushimon (Imperial Messenger Gate) came from the Imperial Palace grounds. Daitokuji Temple was established in 1315, however most of the buildings were re-built at a later date after they were destroyed by fire.

Entsuji temple is a Buddhist temple of the Renzai sect which is famous for its Japanese gardens including one featuring the borrowed landscape style . Entsuji temple was established in 1678 on the site of a former Imperial Villa in northern Kyoto. Entsuji temple does not allow pictures to be taken of or inside the buildings.

Funda-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Tofukuji Temple and within the same complex in Kyoto. Funda-in Temple is famous for its dry landscape Japanese garden which was designed by Sesshu Toyo around 1460 making it one of the oldest of the dry landscape (karesansui) gardens in Kyoto.

Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion

Ginkaku-ji - Silver Pavilion is a Buddhist temple, that was built in the style of the Golden Pavilion, but was never completed with a matching cover of silver. Ginkaku-ji features some of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Kyoto. Ginkaku-ji is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)" listing.

Jonangu Shrine is famous for its four gardens which represent four different styles from the four periods; Heian, Muromachi, Momoyama and Heisei. These Japanese gardens feature ponds, tea house, waterfall and a dry landscape style garden. Jonangu Shrine is in southern Kyoto.

Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine part of a pair of shrines in Kyoto. The other part of the pair is Shimogamo Shrine. Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)" listing.

Konchi In Temple

Konchi In Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Nanzenji Temple. Konchi In Temple is famous for its Tsurukame Garden which has an extensive dry landscape style Japanese garden which is designated as one of the Special Places of Scenic Beauty. Konchi In Temple is also noted for its Toshogu Shrine which has the only example of Gongen style architecture in Kyoto.

Manshuin Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Tendai sect in north eastern Kyoto. Manshuin Temple, also known as Manshuin Monzeki, is famous for its dry landscape garden which includes 400 year old pine tree.

Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji Temple is large Buddhist temple complex, in Kyoto, which contains thirty eight sub temples, some of which are famous for their Japanese gardens. Myoshinji Temple features several building which are Important Cultural Properties.

Rozan-ji Temple

Rozan-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which features a large Zen Japanese garden. The garden in Rozan-ji Temple is unusual as it has large trees on many of islands of moss. Rozan-ji Temple was established in 938AD at the foot of Mt Funaoka, but was then relocated to its current location in Kyoto, opposite the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park in 1573. Rozan-ji Temple was destroyed by fire in 1788, during the conflagration of Temmei, with the current buildings being constructed shortly after. Rozan-ji Temple is a owned by the Imperial Household.

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple is a Buddhist temple, that houses a Japanese gardens which is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. This garden, which is the quintessential form of Zen art, and perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Japanese culture, features fifteen rocks arranged on a white gravel within a space of 248 square meters. Ryoanji Temple is in Kyoto, is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)" listing.

Ryogen-in Temple

Ryogen-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Daitokuji Temple and is within the same compound in Kyoto. Ryogen-in Temple is famous for its five Japanese garden in particular the stone and moss garden Isshidan, however it also lays claim to Japan's smallest stone garden. Ryogen-in Temple was established in 1502.

Saihoji Temple

Saihoji Temple is Buddhist temple from the Rinzai Zen sect which is famous for its moss garden, which probably the best in Japan. Unfortunately access to Saihoji Temple, also known as Kokedera (Moss Temple) requires an application in advance. Saihoji Temple, in Kyoto, is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)" listing.

Shodenji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai sect, in northern Kyoto close to Kinkakuji - Golden Pavilion. Shodenji Temple is famous for its Japanese rock or dry landscape garden which features Mt Hiei as a borrow scenery.

Taizo-in Temple

Taizo-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is one of the thirty eight sub temples of Myoshinji Temple which is within the large Myoshinji Temple complex in north eastern Kyoto. Taizo-in Temple is famous for its three Japanese gardens, which include two dry landscape and another large garden featuring a waterfall and pond. Taizo-in Temple is one of the few Myoshinji Sub Temples which is normally open to the public.

Tenjuan Temple

Tenjuan Temple is a Buddhist temple, that is a sub temple of Nanzenji Temple and within the massive Nanzenji Temple precinct in Kyoto. Tenjuan Temple is famous for its two beautiful Japanese gardens including a dry garden and a pond within a strolling garden.

Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple which is one of the Kyoto Gozan (Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto). Tofukuji Temple is a large temple complex with 24 sub temples remaining from an original 53. Tofukuji Temple is famous for its main gate (sanmon) which is the oldest in Japan and a designate National Treasure. The sanmon is two stories high and five bays wide with three central doors. Tofukuji Temple also famous for its four zen style Japanese gardens, which are together known as the Hasso Garden. Of particular note is the moss and stone garden on the north side. Tofukuji Temple was established in 1236 on its current site in the Higashiyama region of Kyoto.

MINOR SUB TEMPLES
These sub temples are not normally open to the public.
Daiki-in
Ganjo-ji
Ikka-in
Jo-ko-in
Kaizo-in
Keisho-in
Ko-myo-in
Manjuji
Nan-mei-in
Reigen-in
Reiun-in
Rikkyoku-an
Ryo-gin-an
Ryo-min-an
Sho-gaku-an
Sho-gon-in
Sho-rinji
Sokushu-in
Taiko-an
Tentoku-in
To-ko-ji
Yo-mei-in
Zen-ne-in

Zuiho-in Temple

Zuiho-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Daitokuji Temple and is within the same compound in Kyoto. Zuiho-in Temple, established in 1319, features several Japanese gardens including the beautiful "Garden of Solitary Sitting" which is a dry landscape garden.

ZEN GARDENS OSAKA PREFECTURE

Nanshuji Temple

Nanshuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Sakai Osaka Prefecture, was established in 1557 and is famous for Sen-no-Rikyu, the most famous tea master in Japanese history. Nanshuji Temple features beautiful Karesansui style Japanese garden. The San-mon (the main gate), and Kara-mon (the gate in Chinese style) are both designated Important Cultural Properties.

Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple was established in 593AD, making it the first Buddhist temple in Japan. Shitennoji Temple is in Tennoji Ward Osaka.

ZEN GARDENS SHIMANE PREFECTURE

Adachi Museum of Art is known for its collection of contemporary Japanese painting, however it is famous for its five Japanese gardens which are said to be the best in Japan. Adachi Museum of Art has been awarded as the most beautiful Japanese garden for eleven consecutive years in a row by The Journal of Japanese Gardening. The five gardens, which cover an area of 165,000 square meters, include: Moss Garden, Dry Landscape Garden, Juryu-an Garden, Pond Garden and White Gravel and Pine Garden. There is also the 15m high Kikaku-no-taki Waterfall. The gardens are designed to feature different parts in each season.

ZEN GARDENS WAKAYAMA PREFECTURE

Kongobuji Temple is famous for its rock garden, which is Japan's largest covering 2340 square metres. This garden and those surrounding the temple are particularly famous for their orange and red Autumn leaves. Kongobuji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is the head temple of the Koyasan Shingon Buddhism sect and is on Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture. Kongobuji mean "Temple of diamond mountain". Kongobuji Temple Kongobuji Temple was first constructed in 1593 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and then rebuilt in 1861. Kongobuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" listing.

Zen Garden - Zuiho-in Temple Kyoto

Zen Garden - Zuiho-in Temple Kyoto

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