Shinsen-en Garden, meaning a garden containing God’s fountains, once stretched out for over 100,000 square meters just southwest of the Imperial Palace. When Emperor Kanmu established a government in Kyoto in 794, he built a natural garden using these fountains to create beautiful ponds. It was the Emperor’s private garden for a long time. In 1603, Tokugawa Ieyasu took most of the land from Shinsen-en Garden and built his own Kyoto residence, Nijo-jo Castle. So the current size of this garden is only one tenth of what it once was. It is now also part temple, part shrine.
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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。