Kohojo Garden (Created by Ueyakato Landscape, 1966)
This garden, which was created on the west side of Kohojo (small abbot hall), a national treasure, is also known as Nyoshin-tei Garden (“A garden that manifests the heart”). As its name suggests, it is a dry rock garden whose rocks form the Chinese character for “heart” (心). Shibayama Zenkei, the chief abbot at the time, passionately directed the arrangement of the rocks, saying, “Make them express the heart.” This is a dry Zen temple garden with a serene atmosphere just like that of a heart that has been emancipated from worldly desire.
Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Accessibility: open to the public
Garden construction period: in 1966
Nanzen-ji Temple website
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