We have posted new sections from Japan in our Great Gardens & Parks section of our
portfolio. Thus far there are six gardens from Kyoto. Here is a profile of one
of the highlighted gardens.
Kyoto the historical capital of Japan (prior to the move of power to Tokyo in
the 19th century), is a striking city full of history and captivating gardens.
One of the best preserved major cities in Japan (surviving World War II), it
features a wealth of shrines, temples and gardens.
The Silver Pavilion, or Ginkaku-ji, is one Kyoto’s most famous temples and
houses one of the city’s greatest gardens. The striking piles of raked and
formed mounds of gravel and stone are wonders to behold. The Silver Pavilion
itself is a rare original example of architecture from its period. Often temples
and shrines were burned by feuding Shoguns and many have been reconstructed
The entrance to the temple complex features a two story Camellia hedge,
precisely clipped and indicative of the meticulous nature of the gardens inside.
Once inside the Karesansui forms are like nothing else in the gardens
of Kyoto. The craft here is amazing, and the raked gravel takes on an appearance
of solid mass that should be impossible.