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The 3 Best Gardens In Japan
Written By Vahan Rickards
Published By Tankensuru Japan
source - japanwebmagazine.com
Japan’s gardens aren’t usually well known by people outside of Japan. It’s usually sushi, technology and cities that jump to mind when someone is asked to describe Japan. But Japan’s gardens are debatably the best in the world, with wonderful architecture, precise plants, and thoughtful layouts. Find out what makes them special, and when and where you can see these fabulous gardens in this blog. source - pinterest.com
What Makes The Gardens Special?
Japan is a very seasonal nation, and the calendar actually has 24 seasons, which are in turn broken into micro seasons, such as ‘evening call of the cicadas’. Each season has specific plants that emerge while others die until next season, so it would be tricky to create a garden that had plants that remained all year round. What Japan has done instead is design gardens that merge all these plants into one space, so that when one dies, the next season’s is the only one you can see. The gardens themselves symbolize renewal, calm and wonder through mono no aware, the idea that nothing is permanent but something else good will come.
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Possibly the best and most traditional garden in Japan, Kenrokuen is best known for the six (six is ‘roku’ in Japanese) attributes that make up its name. Spaciousness, scenic views, history, tranquility, abundant water and subtlety are the things that are said to make this garden stand out, and as you wander the paths you’ll see why. In the winter months, ‘yukitsuri’ are placed around special trees to protect them from snow, and if you visit in the dark, this is a spectacular sight. Also, the garden is only a 15 minute walk from Kanazawa station, so it’s easily accessible if you’re visiting.
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Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo)
One of the most visited parks in Tokyo, this spectacular get away from the buzz of the city welcomes hundreds of people every day. Located right in the centre of the biggest city in the world, you couldn’t tell you were in Tokyo once you step through the tranquil gates and wander down one of the many green paths. Perhaps different to other gardens, Shinjuku Gyoen offers large lawns for picnics or chilling with friends, and is only a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station.
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Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)