Final entry in this week’s series of features on the Gardens of Kyoto
from our Great Gardens and Parks portfolios.
Castles do not just grace medieval Europe. The Japanese
Castle was a thriving architectural form in medieval Japan as well.
The most striking example of Japanese castle building is Himeji
Castle a UNESCO world heritage site. Within Kyoto, Nijo Castle is another striking example of Japanese
castle construction. From a landscape perspective, the layout of Nijo’s gardens,
moats and impressive stone walls create an interesting contrast from the
multitude of temple and shrine gardens in Kyoto.
Nijo’s most striking aspect is the bone of most Japanese gardens, its amazing
stone work. Both the boulder arrangements and castle walls are amazing.