Affectionately known as "Nagahama Gobo," the Shinshu Otani denomination's Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple makes up the core of the Jodo Shinshu temples in Shiga prefecture's Kohoku area.
In 1934, the gardens accompanying Otsu-ji Temple's Ganzanken and Rantei, buildings that are national Important Cultural Properties, were designated national Places of Scenic Beauty.
Ganzanken Garden is a dry landscape garden thought to have been created during the first half of the seventeenth century. A pond island has been placed in the dry pond, with a waterfall stone arrangement on the artificial hill devised as proximate scenery and the borrowed landscape of Mt. Ibuki incorporated as distant scenery.
Rantei Garden was built in the eighteenth century and got its name from "A Drawing of Rantei's Meandering Stream," by the famous artist Maruyama Okyo.It is a garden that has a dry pond with a stone bridge over it and a waterfall stone arrangement centered on the upright stones on the pond's southeast side.
Additionally, Ueyakato Landscape created Daitsu-ji Temple's "Shingo-za" garden in 2006.
Location: Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture
Accessibility: Open to the public
Garden creation period (Ganzanken and Rantei Gardens): Edo period (1603-1868)
*Shingo-za Garden created in 2006
Nagahama Betsu-in (Daitsu-ji Temple) website
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