Kohojo Garden

Nanzen-ji Temple Kohojo Garden

Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Status: open to the public
Landscaped: in 1966


Nanzen-ji Temple website

Kohojo Garden (Created by Ueyakato Landscape Co,. Ltd., 1966 )

The garden was created in the west side of Kohojo, a National Treasure. It is a rock garden in Karesansui style. This garden is also called “Nyoshin-tei” (The garden of heart), and its rocks were arranged in the shape of the Chinese character “kokoro” (heart). In arranging the stones, Zenkei Shibayama, the chief abbot at the time, enthusiastically directed the depiction expressing the heart. It is a Japanese dry garden in the Zen-in style with a calm atmosphere, like an unfettered heart.

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