To visit a garden in Japan is to take a step away from reality. Many of the gardens are calm oases in the centre of busy cities and they offer visitors an opportunity to relax and forget.
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Nanzenji gardens, Kyoto.
One of Japan's greatest delights is the number of beautiful and fascinating gardens of all shapes, sizes and styles.
To visit a garden in Japan is to take a step away from reality. Many of the gardens are calm oases in the centre of busy cities and they offer visitors an opportunity to relax and forget, if just for a moment or two, the hectic pace just beyond the garden.
Whole itineraries can be tailored around visiting some of the most famous, more secluded, or simply very beautiful gardens. Some gardens offer tea ceremonies within the grounds, others offer space to sit and reflect on the transient beauty and thought behind the garden’s design.
Some of the best Japanese gardens re-create famous vistas in miniature for visitors. Ancient gardens were first designed with local nobility in mind, as an opportunity for them to re-live their travels to far flung Japanese destinations. These journeys were long and difficult and so by visiting a beautiful garden, with hills and lakes and forests, they were reminded of trekking up one of Japan’s famous mountains and surveying the beauty below, without having to travel very far from their homes at all.
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