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船宿寺 Sensyuku-ji Senshuku Temple

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Senshuku Temple belongs to the Mt Koya Shingon sect, and is located in Gose, Nara Prefecture. The name of the mountain on which it lies is Iozen. The temple is counted as one of the 25 Kansai Hananodera temples.

The priest Gyogi established Senshuku Temple in 724. Following a prophecy in an old man's dream, the local people made a hermitage on a gigantic rock to worship Bhaisajyaguru. The name of the temple comes from this legend, while Iozen, the name of the mountain, means to 'relieve Bhaisajyaguru'.

Senshuku Temple is famous for its beautiful flowers throughout the four seasons, when you can see cherry blossom, hydrangea, azalea and camellia. One garden features over 1000 hydrangea, and Mt Katsuragi can be seen from here. In the Annual Buddhist Sermon that takes place on 3rd May each year, many people come to visit the shrine.
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依水園 Isui-en Isui-en

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Isui-en is a garden in Nara City. It is separated into two parts: the former garden and the later garden, and the age of each garden is different according to when they were established.

The former garden is derived from a sub-house built by a Nara tradesman, Kiyosumi Michikiyo, in the Enpo period (1673~1681).

The later garden was built by a tradesman, Kanto Jiro, in Meiji 32. The garden has beautiful borrowed scenery such as Mt Wakakusa, Mt Kasuga and the big roof of nearby Todaiji Temple.

Sanshu-tei, a pavilion in the former garden, was built by the Zen monk Mokuan. It remains to this day, and you can have meals and tea there. Nara Art Museum annex has preserved ceramics and paintings from Japan, China and Korea.

This park is very rare because you can enjoy at the same time two parks that are different in age and taste.
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玄宮園 Genkyuu-en Genkyuen Garden

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Genkyuen Garden is adjacent to Hikone Castle located in Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga Pref. is a Chisen-kaiyu-styled (wet garden with a promenade) Japanese garden constructed by order of the 4th domain lord of Hikone Clan, Naooki Ii, in 1677. The garden is between the inner moat and the middle moat, the water of which is poured from Lake Biwa. It was modeled after the detached palace of Emperor Hsuan Tsung (685-762) of China's Tang Dynasty replacing “Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers” with “Eight Viwes of Ohmi (present Shiga Pref.).” Using the national treasure of donjon as the borrowed landscape, four islands and nine bridges are constructed at the complex-shaped central pond and the atmospherical kiosks of Rinchikaku, Oshodai, and Hakkeitei are arranged on the side of the pond. Visitors can enjoy the landscape that changes by seasons. It is especially wonderful to view autumn leaves in the gorgeous atmosphere of Daimyo’s garden. Genkyu Garden together with its adjacent Rakurakuen buildings was nationally designated as Places of Scenic Beauty in 1951.
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