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Gardening in Japan is an art form steeped in thousands of years of diligent cultivation, which has yielded some of the world's most tranquil natural locations. Brimming with meticulously maintained plant life, gently sloping bridges, masterfully designed teahouses and a carefully put together layout of stones, gurgling streams and blooming trees, the gardens of Japan are unmatched for their relaxing environment and their ability to make travelers feel at peace.
Some of Japan's greatest terraces
Japanese gardens embody particular styles from years before, so each one has a specific design and layout. Some have been carefully tailored for centuries. There are dozens gardens in Japan, and travelers will want to relax and soak into the pleasant environment. Here are some of the most popular garden locations.
Hailed as one of the most peaceful landscapes in Japan, Kenrokuen contains flowing streams, waterfalls and rich green surroundings. Constructed for a royal family over a period of 200 years, Kenrokuen is a masterpiece. The six qualities Kenrokuen embodies - its name refers to a style revolving around these six pillars - are spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. This garden is a monument to the ingenuity and fine attention to detail present in constructing a Japanese garden.
After seeing the views or meditating by the gentle current of the streams, travelers can also take advantage of several shops and restaurants just outside the garden.
The Adachi Museum of Art
This modern terrace is one of Japan's most recent and highly acclaimed gardens. With its lush green plains that gently slope around carefully maintained shrubs, stones and sand beds, this Japanese garden has been named the best garden in Japan by the Journal of Japanese Gardening annually since 2003. Located just outside the art museum, this garden is the perfect place to see beautiful natural sights and head inside to see the vast collection of paintings and art exhibits.
There is no better way to get a taste for Japanese culture than to visit Kokedera. Called the moss garden, this terrace is home to a temple that encourages visitors to partake in calligraphy and Buddhist religious activities. Afterwards, travelers may stroll through the gorgeous green hills of the garden, which are covered in over 120 different varieties of moss. Built many centuries ago, this garden laid the groundwork for much of the gardening techniques in Japan.
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