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tokyo-nezu-museum-pond-reffert Just off of one of the fanciest shopping streets in Tokyo’s Omotesando, Nezu Museum is located. But it’s more than an art museum. Behind it, it hides one of the most amazing Japanese gardens of the metropolis, dark with leafy green and quiet ponds. The contrast to the modern and fashionable Omotesando could not be bigger. tokyo-nezu-museum-garden-reffert (more…)

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Japan-Kyoto-Kodaiji-Reffert2Kodai-ji is an all-time favorite of us in Kyoto – but I had never seen it by daylight! Both in spring and autumn, they have evening openings with light-ups, which we had gone to three times already (see here for a spring light-up). Now I made it there for the first time in the winter season, and during the day. Not surprisingly, it was a treat.

Dry landscape garden at Kodai-ji

Dry landscape garden at Kodai-ji

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Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden seen from the overpass over the train line We’ve always enjoyed visiting Tokyo’s gardens. The Hama-rikyu Garden at Tokyo Bay has been a long-time favorite. But for the sake of novelty, we decided to try this time the Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden which is not far away. As it turns out, we had been wrong to ignore this garden for so long, as it is quite large and full of surprises. Located opposite of Hamamatsucho Station, wedged between Tokyo’s main train artery and an Expressway, this landscape garden holds its ground among modern high rise buildings. From the overpass crossing the tracks, one has a nice view of the whole garden (but beware, the only entrance is on the opposite side). High rises soaring up behind a flaming red tree in Tokyo's Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu garden. (more…)

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Nehan-no-niwa at Shinnyo-do

Nehan-no-niwa at Shinnyo-do

A lifetime would hardly be enough to visit all the temple gardens of Kyoto. But I am happy to visit one or two new ones plus revisit some already known to me in a different season every time we go. So it’s time for another sequel in the Kyoto Zen Gardens Series (see the first and second installments).
The dry landscape part of Yuzen-en at Chion-in

The dry landscape part of Yuzen-en at Chion-in

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For years I have been peeping through the fence to get a look at the garden of Denbou-In, adjacent to the big temple complex of Sensou-ji in Asakusa. Now, finally, I’ve been able to enter. This spring, until May 7, the garden is extraordinarily open to the public. Unfortunately, I’ve missed the bloom of its amazing Shidarezakura trees (weeping cherry trees), but the garden is beautiful in every season.
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On a visit to the Eikando temple complex in Kyoto, I came across something amazing: the suikinkutsu (水琴窟), a sound ornament for Japanese gardens. The concept of a sound ornament I find wonderful and striking, and somehow very Japanese. Suikinkutsu means, literally translated, water koto cave, where the koto is a musical instrument, the Japanese zither.
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View from the Koishikawa Korakuen
With spring unfolding and our hunger for green increasing, we city dwellers decided to visit another Tokyo garden. This time, we went to see the Koishikawa Korakuen. (more…)

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