Dainei-ken Garden

Dainei-ken Garden

Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Status: not open to the public
Landscaped: in Meiji era

This garden is located where the Dainei-in Temple, a sub-temple of Nanzen-ji in the Edo period, used to be. Dainei-in was abolished due to the Haibutsu-kishaku (anti-Buddhism movement) at the beginning of the Meiji period, and its precinct was seized by the government. Then the land became a private property, and the garden was created in the middle of the Meiji period. Later, the garden was renovated by Chikuso Togetsusai, the 11th head of the Yabunouchi Family, and also a tea master.

In front of its drawing room, a pond with an elegant curve was created. Its water comes from a wider stream behind. This pond is characterized by its rare-in-Japan Mitsu-torii made of stones, built in the stream.

In this garden, designs applied to create a teahouse garden were adopted here and there. This garden displays simple but delicate techniques of landscape design in its calm atmosphere.