Raikyuji Temple is best known for its pristine dry garden designed by Kobori Enshu. In fact, the temple was once the residence of Kobori Enshu. He was a local feudal lord and active architect, garden designer, and tea ceremony master. Kobori Enshu’s other works include gardens at the Sento Palace, Nijo Castle, Kodaiji Temple, and Daitokuji Temple. The garden of Raikyuji Temple incorporates borrowed scenery from Mt. Atago, and islands of stones that represent a crane and turtle (symbolizing longevity and health). The exact date of the temple’s construction is unknown, but it was rebuilt in 1339 and again in 1504. Raikyuji Temple is considered to have one of the best traditional gardens in West Japan, but is often overlooked by the large Korakuen in Okayama City. The garden can be enjoyed from the temple building. The temple itself is conveniently located near other attractions in Old Town.