Supreme Garden of Tenryuji, Kyoto

Gorgeous garden at a World Heritage Site in Saga, Kyoto

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

A World Heritage Site: 'Tenryuji Temple' in Saga, Kyoto, is renowned for its scenic beauty.

It is a well-known fact that Ashikaga Takauji built this temple to pray for the soul of Emperor Go-Daigo, his enemy, but you'll be surprised to find how spacious this place is!

The right side of the temple grounds faces the Ooi River, which flows from Arashiyama (Mt. Arashi), with the bamboo groves of Sagano spread out on its north side. On the west side is located my favorite garden, 'Sogenchi Pond Garden'. This is an excursion style garden, in which the promenade circulates around Sogenchi Pond in the center. In autumn, the views of Arashiyama (Mt. Arashi) on the south and Kameyama (Mt. Kame) on the west seen through this pond is a great sight to behold. GORGEOUS!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose