Ōgenkan Garden (Created by Ueyakato Landscape, 1970)
When the Fushimi Line of the Kyoto City Tram was discontinued, Kyoto’s shrines and temples were given the first opportunity to buy the flat stones once used for the line’s tracks. Nanzen-ji Temple participated in the first lottery and, acting as its deputy, Jiro Kato, Ueyakato Landscape’s fifth president, won the top prize. A garden path made of tramway track stones was thus created in front of the temple’s main entrance using plenty of the excellent flat stones won at this lottery and then arranging trees and stones along both sides of the path. Flat stones won at a second lottery were used at Nanzen-ji sub-temples. This use of tramway track stones is said to have set off a trend in Japanese landscape design.
Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Accessibility: open to the public
Garden construction period: in 1970
Nanzen-ji Temple website
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