Kyoto Kodai-ji Temple

Cascading gardens with brilliant colors

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

Kodai-ji Temple is located at the foot of Kyoto’s Higashi-yama Mountain, south of the famous cherry blossom spot, Maruyama Koen Park. The wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a preeminent samurai warrior during the Sengoku Period (1467-1590), established this temple in 1606 for the repose of her husband's soul after his death. Making the best use of hilly slopes, the garden is absolutely superb. Passing by a teahouse, overlooking a pond, climbing up a hill, and strolling down the slope through a bamboo forest, we can enjoy various aspects of this unique cascading garden.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。