When you travel to Japan
, spending time exploring the many beautiful Japanese Gardens
is definitely not to be missed. The design of Japanese gardens is treated as a form of art that has been practiced for over 1000 years. This has led to many different styles of gardens evolving and each of it displays its own unique form of beauty. We have put together a list of some of the most famous Japanese gardens in Japan which are also some of the best Japanese gardens in the world for you to include in your tour of this beautiful country.
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Situated in Kanazawa, the Kenroku-en is one of the three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan also known as the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’. This garden plays a unique role in the history of the country as it was built for the enjoyment of feudal lords
. The garden looks like it is made of a collection of gardens and features the oldest fountain of the country, stone bridges, beautiful streams and ponds and stone bridges. It is also known to be one of the most private gardens making it ideal to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the midst of natural beauty.
Also one of the three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan, you should consider visiting Koraku-en if you are anywhere near Okayama. Located very close to the Okayama Castle
and bordering the Aashi River, the splendid view makes it one of the best Japanese gardens in the world. Enjoy this amazing serenity with your family, friends, or loved ones.
The third of the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’ is the Kairaku-en garden located in Mito, Japan. This beautiful garden, established in 1841, is the latest addition to these three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan and has been always opened to the public. Designed under the theme of "a garden to enjoy with people", it is one of the Japanese gardens that paved the way to the concept of development of public parks. Be sure to give this garden a visit during the plum blossom season, which is said to be the best time throughout the year. And of course, bring your family or friends along to witness the beauty of Kairaku-en with people.
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4) Adachi Museum of Art
This garden has received quite a lot of attention and acclamation as one of the best Japanese gardens in the world in various gardening magazines time and time again. To live up to its name as one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens, the garden is highly maintained - which is why it is so breathtakingly beautiful all year round. This garden is not to be missed as not only will you get to enjoy the beauty of this exquisite gardening masterpiece, you could even visit the museum to witness its valuable art collection.
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5) Ryoan-ji Temple
We highly recommend you visit the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, which features one of the most serene gardens in Japan. Founded in 1450, the garden stands out as the most famous Zen garden
or stone garden. Due to the immense value the garden holds, the site has also received recognition as a UNESCO world heritage site. So, when you're in Kyoto, be sure to give Ryoan-ji Temple a visit to witness this culturally rich beauty!
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6) Byodo-in Temple
Joining the list of beautiful Japanese Gardens is the Byodo-in Temple located in Uji - dubbed the Land of Happiness featuring unique architecture. The Byodo-in Temple is also popular among Japanese gardens for being one of the best surviving examples of the Buddhist Pure Land
architecture. Also located in the garden is the Phoenix Hall - the main temple of the garden - which is a famous attraction not to be missed. You can even catch a glimpse of this temple on the Japanese 10 yen coin
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