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鳥取 観音院庭園 Tottori kannoninteien Kannonin Garden

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Jigenji Kannonin Temple in Tottori City is famous for its pond appreciation garden. The garden was built by the domain lord Ikeda Mitsunaka during the Genroku era (1688-1704) in the Edo period. It took ten years to be completed. Natural slopes are fully utilized to give picturesque impression to the viewers. It was designated as a National Scenic Beauty in 1937.

This garden is specially designed to be viewed not only from inside the room but also from some other points in the garden. The pond occupies one third of 1,300 sq m in total area, in which the rocks are arranged to resemble islands and a waterfall. We can see a strong influence of Horai-styled gardens (a garden focused thematically on legendary island-mountain of immortals Mt. Penglai) prevailing in Kyoto in those days.

Flowering trees such as azaleas, hydrangeas and Camellia sasanqua and Japanese maple trees are planted around the pond to create seasonal changes. Visitors can spend leisure hour over a cup of Japanese maccha tea at Kannonin tea house.

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162 Uemachi, Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
Kannonin Garden

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