Oogenkan Garden

Nanzen-ji Temple Oogenkan Garden

Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Status: open to the public
Landscaped: in 1970

 

Nanzen-ji Temple website

Oogenkan Garden (Created by Ueyakato Landscape Co,. Ltd., 1967)

When the Kyoto City Tram Fushimi Line was abolished, flat stones used in its track lanes were sold to shrines and temples preferentially. The Nanzen-ji Temple attended the first lottery and its deputy, Jiro Kato, the 5th president of Ueyakato Landscape, drew the first prize. So in this garden, abundant high quality flat stones acquired by this lottery were used for creating the garden path, and trees and garden stones were arranged on both sides of the path. The flat stones acquired after the second lottery were used for sub temples. So, it was said that using a tramway’s flat stones for landscape designing became a boom.

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