• Chountei

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Photo by Tomomi Nakayama

Chountei is a garden located in the south of Kyoto. This garden is known as the garden of the sound tide and is a wonderful zen garden located behind Kenniji temple. The garden has 3 stone that represent Buddha and two zen monks, and anther stone that is known as a zazen seki, which is a stone used for meditation. The garden has maple trees placed around to allow onlookers to have a beautiful view from each direction.

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  • Ōkōchi Sansō:

Ōkōchi Sansō 大河内山荘
Photo by M_Strasser

Ōkōchi Sansō is located in Arashiyama. It was once the residence of Ōkōchi Denjirō a famous film star of early Japanese cinema. It is a beautiful garden that has many unique features. Such as the Myōkō-an Hall, Ōkochi enjiro Museum, Jibutsu-dō hall, and more. I has one of the best views in of of Kyoto to look over the city.

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  • Kyoto Botanical Gardens

Kyoto Botanic Gardens, Kyoto, Japan.09

Photo by Geoff Whalan

Kyoto Botanicle Gardens is located in the northern end of Kyoto City.  It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Japan, it was founded in 1924.

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  •  Ryōan-ji:


    Photo by M_Strasser

    Ryōan-ji is located in the north west of Kyoto. Ryōan-ji is one of the most famous of all rock gardens in Japan. the temple where the garden is was founded in 1450, by a deputy of the Ashikaga shogunate, But the age of the Garden is unknown but is thought to have been made in the late 1400s or early 1500s.

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