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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Nishi-Honganji Daisho-in Temple GardenKyoto

Nishi-Honganji is the headquarters of the Hongan-ji branch of the Jodo-Shinshu Buddhist sect . Surrounded by traditional mud walls, it is a large castle-like temple located on Horikawa-dori, a street near Kyoto Station. The river flowing in front of the temple was once used as a waterway. The Daisho-in Temple Garden is a dry garden of 760 square meters using stones, white sand, trees and plants to symbolize mountains, rivers and the sea, without using water. In the sea made of white sand there are two islets, one each for a crane and a tortoise, with an artificial mound near the front. The stand-alone stonework on the left is designed to represent a waterfall in a deep valley. Stones used for this garden were transferred from Juraku-dai, the residence of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan toward the end of the 16th century. The sheer size of the 4-meter stone bridge connecting the islets of Tsuru-jima and Kame-jima tells of Hideyoshis pride as supreme commander of Japan at that time.'
Address & Access
Address: Hanaya-cho Kudaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free donation
Closed: Open throughout the year
JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/10-min. ride/Nishi-Honganji-mae Stop/3-min. walk

Tourist Facilities of Japan

Nishi-Honganji Daisho-in Temple Garden