Features of Japanese gardens

by Eddy
  • Types of Japanese garden

Japanese gardens have been loved by not only Japanese but also foreign people. 

 There are 2 types in the Japanese gardens.  One is called a strolling landscape garden that features paths around ponds.  The second one is a dry rock garden that was originally created at Zen temples and is made of only rocks and pebbles.

 Most Japanese gardens are strolling landscape gardens. This type of garden is designed in accordance with the appearance of nature. In the center of a garden, there is one or more ponds which represent real or mythical lakes or seas.  Around the ponds, mounds of earth, rocks, trees are placed. They represent mountains and hills. The purpose is to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery.

Plants, such as maple and cherry trees, are often chosen for their seasonal appeal.  Pine, bamboo, and plum trees are planted because these three kinds are regarded as auspicious trees.  Colorful carp (koi) often swim in the ponds, which introduce additional color and life to the garden.

 These gardens have been loved by feudal lords in the Edo period from 17th to 19th century.  So, many popular Japanese gardens were created in their properties. 

  • Hamarikyu garden

There are such gardens in Tokyo including the Hamarikyu garden. Hamarikyu Garden is a large Japanese garden located by the Tokyo Bay. It  features paths around ponds, and a tea house on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. A peony garden, plum tree grove and cosmos fields have flowers for every season.

Walking slowly in the quiet and beautiful garden while seeing various flowers and plants is very refreshing. After strolling for a while, it is a good idea to rest at the tea house that offers green tea and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style.

It was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds from 17th to 19th century. It was used as a guesthouse for foreign diplomats and royal families in the late 19th to early 20th century. In February 2015, Prince William of England visited this garden and experienced the tea ceremony.

  • Tour

If you like to visit the Hamarikyu garden, I recommend this tour.

Features of Japanese gardens

04 Aug 2017

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Contact Eddy

Hello. My name is Eiichi and my nick name is Eddy. So, please call me Eddy because Eiichi is difficult for visitors to pronounce.
I am a licensed guide interpreter certified by Japanese government.

I was born and live in Chiba prefecture, which is next to Tokyo and I have worked in Tokyo for more than 20 years. So, I know Chiba and Tokyo very well. My hobby is ceramic art, golf, and Zen meditation, and I like traveling and reading history books. Based on these experience and knowledge, I will introduce Japanese culture and history.

I used to work as an engineer for one of major electronic manufacturers which exports communication systems and components to overseas. Through the job, I visited many countries including New Zealand where I fortunately stayed for four years with my family. I have found it fun to communicate with people in other countries. So, after my recent retirement, I started to work as a licensed guide interpreter.

I’m looking forward to meeting visitors who are interested in Japanese beautiful nature, unique culture, variety of foods or history.

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