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Best Gardens in Japan

photo of Golden Pavilion

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple, also known as Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Temple in the northern part of Kyoto. It is known for its top two floors, which are covered in gold leaf.

photo of Ginkakuji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji Temple, also known as the Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple that was built to be a retirement villa for Ashikaga Yoshimasa.

photo of Tenryuji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple is one of the most important temples in the Arashiyama District and has a garden that has been around for centuries.

photo of Byodoin Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Uji

Byodoin Temple

The Byodoin Temple was built by Fujiwara Yorimichi, the Chief Adviser to the Emperor, in 1053. It was originally a rural villa owned by his father.

photo of Ryoanji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple has one of the most famous rock garden in Japan, which brings in hundreds of visitors a day.

photo of Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa

Shugakuin Imperial Villa was built in the 17th century for Emperor Gomizuno and has multiple structures with beautiful gardens.

photo of Tofukuji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple is best known for its autumn colors around the Tsutenkyo Bridge, which extends through a valley of maple of trees.

photo of Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa

The Katsura Imperial Villa has a Japanese garden, which is considered a masterpiece along with great examples of Japanese architecture.

photo of Saihoji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Saihoji Temple

Saihoji Temple is commonly known as Kokedera (Moss Temple) and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

photo of Kokoen Garden

Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji

Kokoen Garden

Kokoen Garden is located on the west side of Himeji Castle and consists of 9 different gardens.

photo of Isuien Garden

Kansai | Nara | Nara City

Isuien Garden

Isuien is a Japanese style garden located in Nara. The garden was established in the Meiji era, and is a walking garden to enjoy the scenic view of Nara.

photo of Daitokuji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple features five different rock gardens that embody the teachings of Zen Buddhism.

photo of Nanzenji Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple is located at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountains and is one the head temples of the Rinzai Sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

photo of Sorakuen Garden

Kansai | Hyogo | Kobe

Sorakuen Garden

Sorakuen Garden is located in the center of Kobe and is a traditional Japanese landscape garden.

photo of Genkyuen Garden

Kansai | Shiga | Hikone

Genkyuen Garden

Genkyuen Garden is a Japanese landscape garden and located on the grounds of Hikone Castle.

photo of Shisendo Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Shisendo Temple

Shisendo Temple was a mountain hermitage built by Ishikawa Jozan, a scholar, landscape architect, and soldier.

photo of Konchiin Temple

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Konchiin Temple

Konchiin Temple is a sub temple of Nanzenji and has a garden that was designed by Kobori Enshu, a famous garden designer and tea master.

photo of Fujikawa Koukaen

Kansai | Osaka | Osaka City

Fujikawa Koukaen

Fujikawa Koukaen is a bonsai nursery and a place for apprentices and students to practice their craft.

photo of Yoshikien Garden

Kansai | Nara | Nara City

Yoshikien Garden

Yoshikien Garden is a traditional Japanese style garden located in Nara and established around 1919 during the Meiji Period.