Top 12 Most Beautiful Gardens in Kyoto  top page 



 

The Katsura Imperial Villa   

The most refined garden that condenses the beauty of traditional Japan.
It is the highest level of Japanese garden with its novelty.





The Kyoto Inperial Palace  
by Yuky R

The ultimate in Japanese "elegance".
It is the source of Japanese beauty that has been cultivated for a thousand years.



 

Shugakuin Rikyu (The Shugakuin Imperial Villa)  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

The garden of the emperor was created in the Edo period with a grand and innovative concept.
It has both precision and delicacy. The design of the building is also worth seeing.



 

Sento Gosho (palace for retired emperors)  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

The garden at Sendo Palace is famous for its elegant pond.
The garden is so large that it's hard to believe it's in the center of the city.





Daitoku-ji Daisen-in  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

The world of "karesansui" garden spreading out in the not-so-wide-open space.
The composition of the garden and the famous stones, etc., are all excellent,
and it is the highest Japanese garden on par with Katsura Rikyu.
Taking pictures is currently prohibited.



 


Daigo-ji Sanbou-in  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

This is a magnificent, yet extremely refined and famous garden in the world.
The power of the splendidly approaching and unique stones are worthy of special mention.



 


Saiho-ji (Koke-dera, Moss Temple)  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

Saihoji Temple is a temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.
The temple, being covered in moss, is also known as a Koke-Dera or Moss Templen.



 


Nin-na-ji  This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

An elegant garden befitting the name of the Omuro Imperial Palace.
You will never get bored of the scenery with a view of the tower and the curved shape of the pond, all of which have a natural shape.



 


Yoshikawa (Luxuary Japanese inn)  

The lanterns are cleverly placed around the river's flow. You can dine while looking at the beautiful garden.



 


Shimabara Sumiya   This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

Properly placed lanterns and plantings.
It is probably the neatest and most refined "tsubo-niwa"(inner garden).
The light and shadows are beautiful too. The main garden with white sand and green pines is also beautiful.
It was originally a geisha house.



 


Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)   

Kinkaku-ji is a famous temple that represents Kyoto.
The stunning beauty of Kinkaku (golden pavilion) and the gardens surrounding Kinkakuji are designated as World Cultural Heritage.

*In Japanese, "tera", "dera", "in" and "ji" mean Buddhist temples.



 


Sa-ami (a traditional Japanese restaurant   
This page is created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone.

A luxury restaurant in Maruyama Park. You can eat Japanese cuisine (Kaiseki cuisine) in a traditional tea room.
From the window of the room, you may see the beautiful scenery of the four seasons of Japan.

 





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