The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

The garden, one of the most famous in Kyoto, was inspired by the area around Mt.Lushan in China and offers a distinct beauty according to the season. The main garden with the large pond was inspired by the area around Mt. Lushan in China, or so the pamphlet says. Around the pond are numerous satsuki bushes (a type of Japanese rhododendron) that bloom in late May/early June. This is probably the best time to see this garden. As with many zen gardens, rocks play an important part and many have…

Beautiful, Peaceful Japanese-Gardens.  A good example of how the layout forms the atmosphere in the garden.  The perfect Meditation nook.

Beautiful, Peaceful Japanese-Gardens. A good example of how the layout forms the atmosphere in the garden. The perfect Meditation nook.

Katsura Imperial Villa one of three Imperial Villas of Kyoto and known for its architecture and stroll garden.   It is thought to have been designed by Prince Toshihito as Katsura Sanso Estate in the Edo period. The garden contains three main  buildings; Ko-shoin, Chu-shoin and Shin-goten.  For the most part, they are constructed with simple, unfinished wood with scarce ornamentation, harmonizing well with the natural surroundings of the hill and pond stroll garden.

Katsura Imperial Villa one of three Imperial Villas of Kyoto and known for its architecture and stroll garden. It is thought to have been designed by Prince Toshihito as Katsura Sanso Estate in the Edo period. The garden contains three main buildings; Ko-shoin, Chu-shoin and Shin-goten. For the most part, they are constructed with simple, unfinished wood with scarce ornamentation, harmonizing well with the natural surroundings of the hill and pond stroll garden.

Japanese, zen raked, gravel, path, Design: Shunmyo Masuno The Canadian Embassy, Tokyo Jerry Harpur

Japanese, zen raked, gravel, path, Design: Shunmyo Masuno The Canadian Embassy, Tokyo Jerry Harpur

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