c. 1465 (Muromachi); founded in 1321; restored 1939
9am - 5pm
Added to JGarden:
This is the oldest of the three sub-temples at Tofukuji. Sesshu (a famous painter) is thought to be responsible for the gardens. The gardens were destroyed by fire and long neglect until their restoration in 1939 by Shigemori Mirei. There are actually two, connected gardens. The southern one is a rectangular section of raked sand with a section of moss, trees and clipped shrubs, punctuated by two islands of stone groupings. The two islands are known as the crane and turtle islands. The eastern garden is a flat plane of moss with groups of rocks and trees that form small islands, again in the form of turtles and cranes.
With the years that have passed by
It has grown austere and holy
On Mount Kageru:
The cedar tree, upright like a spear,
Already has a layer of moss at the root.