As we do from time to time, we had a business trip to Kyoto in early winter in 2015 to study gardens.
I loved some of the gardens we visited that much, that I just had to write about at least one of them asap.
And this one happened to be Shōren-in..
This small temple complex is listed in the famous guidebook „Lonely Planet“. This means, a lot of foreigners know about the place and will visit it. But nevertheless, it can keep a feeling of being a secret garden in the crowded area of Higashiyama.
Shōren-in has a rich history, which can be reconstructed until the Heian period (794 – 1192).
It was founded by an Emperor as a place where his son should be educated in the teachings of Gyogen.
Since then it was always connected to the Imperial family and became one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect.
There are some gardens on the grounds of Shōren-in. The two most famous ones are the pond garden most likely designed by Soami, and the kirishima garden designed by Kobori Enshu.
However, these two gardens are not the only ones! In every corner you will find a small garden.
Every garden is guarded to some site by a special building. Some of those host important national treasures and some of them are tightly connected to the Tokugawa shogunate.
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