Taizo-in Temple, an 8-minute-walk from JR Hanazono Station (10 minutes by train from JR Kyoto Station), is one of the 46 inner temples of the huge temple complex of Myoshin-ji Zen temple. A great swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), once stayed here and practiced Zen meditation. Although it’s not a big temple, Taizo-in has five attractive gardens in its precinct. Yoko-en is a colorful garden with many kinds of seasonal flowers. Its beautiful weeping cherry tree is justly famous. The Ying & Yang Gardens are dry gardens of black and white sands, respectively. Hojo-Garden is a simple Zen garden. And Motonobu-no-niwa is an evergreen garden, green throughout the year. It was designed by famous painter, Kano Motonobu (1476-1559).
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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。