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Nijo-jo Castle was the official lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun when staying in Kyoto. Tokugawa Ieyasu (the 1st Shogun) started the construction of the buildings in 1603 and Iemitsu (the 3rd Shogun) completed them in 1626. This was also the place where the last Shogun, Yoshinobu, restored Imperial Rule in 1867. There are three beautiful gardens inside the moat; Ninomaru Garden built in 1626, Honmaru Garden in 1893, and Seiryu-en Garden in 1965.
It’s hard to believe that the beautiful 14th Century Kitabatake Gardens, one of Japan’s three major samurai gardens, was the scene of a bloodbath.
Tofuku-ji Temple is large and imposing, but it also contains touches of beauty and splendor like those found in its gardens: The Hojo Garden, and the Ryogin-an Garden. In the Hojo Garden, four gardens (North, South, East, West) flank the main Hojo building, each with its own unique character. In the Ryogin-an Gardens, rocks, colorful sand, moss, grass, shapes, patterns, trees, bamboo, walls, wood, light, sky and more all work their magic here in a mixture of modern and traditional. Both gardens also have very beautiful wood corridors where you can find a warm and pleasant spot to sit and meditate.
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This garden is only one of two surviving Edo period gardens in the mega metropolis of Tokyo. This makes it one of the oldest and most well preserved parks in the city. It
Tokyo’s Rikugien Gardens, just a short walk from Komagome Station on the Yamanote line, is a serene oasis in the big city.
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The garden adjacent to the prestigious yet somewhat hidden away Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art is a fine example of Japanese garden that’s allowed to change with the seasons, to be subject to its time, place, and the wear and chaos of nature.
Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s oldest and greatest Japanese gardens. A splendid oasis in Japan’s busiest conurbation. Highly recommended, especially in autumn.
Museum of Japanese emigrants. Must place to visit for desendants of Japanese immigrants and history lovers