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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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Tofuku-ji Temple Hojo GardenKyoto

Tofuku-ji Temple is one of the Kyoto Gozan (five temples), and is a main temple of the Tofuku-ji group of the Rinzai sect. Many gardens have remained in the Zen buddhist head priests residences for many years, but surrounding the residence with gardens, as in this temple, is rare. It was created in 1938 by Mirei Shigemori. The south garden, which is in front of the head priest's residence, contains four great stones that represent islands within a raked sand garden that represents a stormy sea, while the artificial hills in the west show the Gozan; taken all together it represent Shinsenkyo, the place of gods and hermits. The north garden contains brilliant checkered patterns created by moss plants and paving stones, while the west gardens have checkered patterns made from azalea and white sand. The east side garden uses pillars to create abstract patterns. The group of four gardens is collectively known as the Hasso Garden, a now famous representation of modern Zen Buddhist gardens.'
Address & Access
Address: 15-778 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Hojo Hasso Garden: 400 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
JR Kyoto Station, Nara Line/15 min./Tofukuji Station/On foot/10 min.Or
JR Kyoto Station/Bus/20 min./Tofukuji Bus Stop

Tourist Facilities of Japan

Tofuku-ji Temple Hojo Garden