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Daisen-in (subtemple of Daitoku-ji)   MAP

Daisen-in is famous as a masterpiece of Karesansui garden. The world of ink painting is expressed only with stones and sand on a small site.

Karesansui is a garden made of stone, sand, and planting without using any water.
Sand often represents the flow of a river, or the ocean, or the universe.
Since the concept is similar to the teachings of Zen Buddhism, many Karesansui gardens exist in Zen Buddhist temples.

Karesansui gardens exist in regions other than Kyoto, but Kyoto's Karesansui gardens are by far the best in terms of number and quality.

*In Japanese, "tera", "dera", "in", "an" and "ji" mean Buddhist temples.


The Karesansui garden with snow is a world of black and white like an ink painting.   MAP

Ryouan-ji Ryouanji Temple is a world-famous stone garden.Cherry blossoms fall on the stones and sand.   MAP

Koumyou-in Subtemple of Toufuku-ji.The contrast between moss and white sand is beautiful.   MAP

Ryougin-an Subtemple of Toufuku-ji.An avant-garde garden was created in a traditional temple.  MAP

Toukai-an Subtemple of Myoushin-ji. White sands spread, Light and shadow draw a pattern.  MAP

Shuon-an (Ikkyu-ji) It is the temple where Ikkyu, the most famous historical monk in Japan, lived. This temple's Karesansui is very sophisticated.  MAP

Zuihou-in Subtemple of Daitoku-ji.The stone is like a boat floating in the rippling ocean.   MAP


Entoku-in Subtemple of Koudai-ji. The gorgeous stoneworks of the Momoyama period remain.  MAP

Saihou-ji (Koke-dera) It is a precious and epoch-making stonework that is said to be the prototype of Karesansui.  MAP

Sumiya Sumiya was the most prestigious "Geisha house" in Japan until the Edo period. It is a gorgeous Karesansui with a different atmosphere from the temple garden.  MAP

Former Mansion of Arisugawa-no-miya (Prince Arisugawa-no-miya)
Karesansui against the backdrop of the Anglican Church. Kyoto was also the earliest city in Japan to adopt Western culture.  MAP

The following pages are created in Japanese, but I hope you can refer to the images alone

Karesansui gardens of Zen Buddhist temples
Daitoku-ji Daitoku-ji Daisen-in Rtougen-in
Koutou-in  Zuihou-in Kourin-in
Shinju-an Oubai-in Shuon-an (Ikkyu-ji)
Myoushin-ji Myoushin-ji Toukai-an Keishun-in
Taizou-in Gyokuhou-in Daishin-in
  Ryousen-an Koubai-in Daihou-in
Rinshou-in  Entsu-ji Ryouan-ji
Toufuku-ji Toufuku-ji   Koumyou-in Taikou-an
Tentoku-in Funda-in Ryougin-an
  Reiun-in Sokushu-in
Ken-nin-ji Ken-nin-ji south garden inner garden
  Shouden-Eigen-in Ryousoku-in  Reigen-in
    Koudai-ji   Entoku-in
Shoukoku-ji   Shoukoku-ji Kaizandou garden Daikoumyou-ji
  Zuishun-in  Houkou-ji  Ginkaku-ji(Silver Pavilion)
Nanzen-ji   Nanzen-ji Konchi-in Tenju-an
  Konpuku-ji Shouden-ji
Tenryu-ji   Kougen-ji Hougon-in
    Saihou-ji (Koke-dera)  Shisen-do  Genkou-an
  Koushou-ji  Manpuku-ji


Karesansui gardens of other sect's Buddhist temples
Tendai Jissou-in Manshu-in Rozan-ji
Shougo-in Monzeki
Shingon Kanchi-in (subtemple of Tou-ji) Zen-nou-ji (subtemple of Sen-nyu-ji)
Joudo  Eikandou  Hounen-in  
Nichiren Myouman-ji Honpou-ji
otehrs Shimabara Sumiya  Ohashi House Former Mansion of Arisugawa-no-miya
Matsuo Taisha Shrine


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