Kyoto contains Japan’s most unique and peaceful gardens. There are many gardens here like Zen gardens built for a peace mind as well as other beautiful gardens designed for the temples and admiration. Here are most beautiful gardens you can enjoy visiting in Tokyo.
Ginkaku-ji Temple garden means “Silver Pavilion” in English. This garden is one of the best traditional gardens in Japan. The artist behind its creation is the famous Soami and this pretty garden comes with different styles like a dry sand garden as well as a moss garden. The dry sand garden also called the ‘Sea of Silver Sand’, is really famous and features a cone of sand resembling the well known Mount Fuji. The moss garden has small ponds with islands and bridges. This garden is best enjoyed if you walk inside its circular path.
Heian Jingu Shrine
Heian Jingu Shrine contains some of the most gorgeous gardens in Kyoto. These garden are located at the back of the main shrine structure. The main garden represents the Heian Period really well and has a massive pond with a Chinese style bridge. The red color design of the shrine is brilliant in all the seasons, especially with the cherry blossoms trees in spring time.
You can find Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama are on the western part of the city. This beautiful garden is one of most famous places for zen in Tokyo. The amazing garden here is coupled with mountains of Arashiyama that appear to be part of the garden and make the view like a painting. This garden has a circular pavement around Sogen Pond and it is famous for being the Special Place of Scenic Beauty’ in Japan.
Ryoan-ji Temple is the world’s most well known Japanese Zen Garden. You can find this place near Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto. This dry landscape garden is unlike any place you have been before where there are rocks that look like floating a sea of pure white sand. The simple and small garden is really beautiful and the best time to visit here is in the morning.
Saiho-ji Temple is aslo famous as the ‘Moss Temple’ because of its moss covered garden. The gardens here like Sogen Pond are famous for being ‘Special Place of Scenic Beauty’ in the country. This garden has 3 tea houses where you can enjoy the environment here while drinking some tea. The entry as well as visiting the tea houses require you to book in advance.