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There are a lot of different garden styles in Japan, but most of them fall into one of these two categories:

Pond strolling gardens, or, to use a term from Western garden culture – Landscape gardens. In these gardens, you can go on a mini journey through a skillfully modeled landscape, climb small hills, cross small streams on stepping stones or feed carps at a pond.

Dry landscape gardens - A lot of the gardens in this category belong to temple, often Zen temples and tea houses. These garden are designed to be looked at – for example from the veranda of a house or while enjoying a bowl of Japanese tea.

  • Exciting Gardens: This category collects all the gardens that get you excited as soon as you enter the front gate.
    Wonderful views, an ever changing landscape, picture-perfect arrangements and a lot of things to discover...
  • Calming Gardens: Gardens that calm you, soothe your soul and let you take a break from everyday life are collected in this category.
  • Pond strolling gardens
  • Dry landscape gardens

Pond strolling gardens  (池泉廻遊式庭園)

Byōdō-in (Phoenix hall)
Jōruri-ji
Koke-dera
Ginkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Sokushū-in
Tenryū-ji
Tōji-in
Nijō Castle Ninomaru
Ōbai-in
Sentō-gosho
Katsura-Rikyū
Shugaku-in Rikyū
Shōsei-en
Taizō-in
Chion-in
Sanzen-in
kajū-ji
Ninna-ji
Kyoto-gosho
Murin-an
Namikawa-ke
Shirakawa-in
Aoi-den/Kasui-en
Kyū-Shibarikyū-Teien
Hamarikyū-Teien
Koishikawa-kōraku-en
Rikugi-en
Tokyo Imperial Palace Ninomaru
Mukōjima-hyaka-en
Happō-en
Kiyosumi-Teien
Shinjuku-Gyoen
Nezu-Museum
Tonogayato-Teien
Kyū-Furukawa-Teien
Asakura-chōso-kan
Kenchō-ji
Hōkoku-ji
Engaku-ji
Hase-dera
Shōmyō-ji-keidai
Erin-ji
Nōnin-ji
Kairaku-en
Kenroku-en
Kōraku-en
Shūraku-en
Sankei-en
Hakone Museum of Art
Hōgon-in
Shōren-in

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