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Gardens of Kyoto - Japan




Gardens of Kyoto

A magnificent example of landscape and architecture. Kyoto is the most romantic city of Japan and is a top romantic vacation destination and a Japanese garden would be the most romantic spot of a Japanese city. Gardens in Japan have all a well-deserved reputation for being of very high quality and serene atmosphere and the gardens of Kyoto, above all, gain the most of it.

Kyoto, known simply as Miyoko ('the capital'), is a city of natural beauty, surrounded by hills and full of traditional gardens that create miniature idealized landscapes. Designed for recreation and aesthetic pleasure of the Emperor and of the Japanese aristocracy or for contemplation and meditation, as in Buddhist temples, Japanese gardens are today still recognizable worldwide and are part of the culture and religion of Japan (mainly Shinto and Buddhism). Kyoto hosts the most beautiful gardens. Been the original and royal capital of Japan for more than a thousand year, with emperors and shogun and priest, the city started to be fulfilled with gardens, kept and cherished along history. Typically, a narrow path runs along the water’s edge, over bridges and stepping stones and surrounded by artificial rolling hills and small temple of relaxed atmosphere.

The most famous of the Kyoto Gardens are: the Japanese Garden in the monastery of Byōdō-in, created to worship of Buddha Amida (Amitabha) probably around the XI century. Its architecture is typical of the Heian Period (begun in 998). Another one is the Kyoto Garden of Ryōan-ji, with a temple of the same name, and both listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. It belongs to the Zen Buddhist tradition and is considered one of the finest example of Japanese Gardens; it is the quintessential of kare-sansui (dry landscape), a garden without water, plants or trees. The garden is a rectangle of 248 square meters, covered in pale quartzite rubble raked into perfectly parallel lines along the length and with fifteen stones of different sizes and compose in five groups. Its meaning is coming with different theories, we like to think that it is just a matter of equilibrium between objects and space.

Other famous gardens of Kyoto are Jisho-ji Zen Garden (also called Ginkaku-ji) and hosted in a zen temple in the area Sakyō-ku; the Nijō Castle Ninomaru Garden; the Rokuon-ji Garden, also know as Kinkaku-Ji for its temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion); the Tenryū-ji Garden (designed as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty); the Sanbōin in Daigo-ji garden (hosted id the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Daigo-ji); the Daitoku-ji Garden; the Daitoku-ji garden and the Murin-an garden.



GPS coordinates: 35.048075,135.759387

Gardens of Kyoto - Japan