|"Keyaki" (Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova.) leaves on the moss|
Yoshiki-en Garden is one of the two Japanese gardens in Nara City along with Isui-en Garden. Both gardens stand side by side with the Yoshiki River in between. An old picture inherited by the nearby Kofukuji Temple shows that Manishuin, the branch temple, was located at the place of the present Yoshikien Garden. After Meiji Restoration (1868), it became a privately owned site. After the construction of the present buildings and garden in 1919, ownership was transferred to Nara Prefecture. Since April 1st, 1989, the garden consisting of Pond Garden, Moss Garden, and a garden for tea ceremony flowers, has been opened to the public. As to the inside of the house, however, it is not open to the public. The house was introduced in the TV program by BS Asahi 百年名家 which features distinguished traditional antique houses of one hundred years or more.
First of all, this is a Stroll-around-the-pond Garden.
The slopes and curves since the Edo Period (1603-1867) is incorporated skillfully
into the garden construction.
Going up the steps to the higher ground, ....
.... here you are at the Moss Garden. The whole area is covered with hair moss (Polytrichum). With the single-story thatch roof tea-house, the garden creates a quiet, secluded atmosphere. The tea-house becomes one with nature especially when all the sliding doors are open. You can see the opposite side of the garden through the open windows.
|Different perspective from the first photo so that you can see the curving path|
|Japanese maple leaves|
How did you like the gardens?
No entrance fee for foreign tourists when you show a passport.
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