The Garden Landscape Guide

Heian Jingu (Heian Shrine Garden)

This garden, made to celebrate the eleven hundredth anniversary of the founding of Kyoto, is a re-creation of a Heian Shrine garden. A problem was that while a Shinto shrine was a symbolic and sacred space, the re-creation had to be a place where the public could walk afer visiting the shrine. This detracted from its authenticity but encouraged a new era of gardening building, in the twentieth century. The four sections are the Nishi Shin'en (West Garden), Minami Shin'en (South Garden), Naka Shin'en (Middle Garden), Higashi Shin'en (East Garden).

Nishi Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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