Kegon-tei Garden and Ryugin-tei Garden (Created by Ueyakato Landscape, 1984)
In 1983, Nanzen-ji sub-temple Kiun-in Temple was relocated in order to construct Ryoen-kaku Hall. Accordingly, a teahouse called Fushiki-an was relocated, a new building called Kyushin-tei was built, and the Kegon-tei and Ryugin-tei Gardens were completed on the northeast side of Nanzen-ji Temple’s large abbot hall (hojo). An original Nanzenji-gaki fence (a style of fence unique to Nanzen-ji Temple) was then relocated from the east side of the Rokudo-tei Garden to its present location on the east side of the Kegon-tei Garden.
The Ryugin-tei Garden lies to the east of Ryoen-kaku Hall and features a gigantic Kurama stone* that was carried by a large crane from the west side of the Sanmon Gate to become the garden’s main stone. On the shore of the Kanryu-ike Pond, Totsukawa stones (drawn from Totsukawa in Nara Prefecture) were arranged.
*A Kurama stone is a light brown granite stone quarried from the Kurama area of Kyoto.
Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Accessibility: open to the public
Garden construction period: in 1984
Nanzen-ji Temple website
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