Kanyoji Temple

Founded in 1374, Kanyoji Temple in Shunan, Yamaguchi is renowned for its beautiful gardens. The gardens were designed by prominent gardener Mirei Shigemori (1896–1975), known as the "Sesshu of the Showa Period '' after famous painter Sesshu (1420–1506), who designed famous Zen gardens in his lifetime. There are seven elegant gardens around the temple, including "Kyokusui Garden," which utilizes flowing water in its design, "Jizo Garden," a dry landscape garden, and "Kusen Hakkai Garden," with large ornamental stones, and water features. The gardens are especially beautiful in autumn when the leaves of the trees change color. Visitors can experience copying sutras and Zen meditation with advance reservations. The gardens are a National Monument for their scenic beauty.

Basic Infomation

  • Address
    2872 Kanokami, Shunan-shi, Yamaguchi
  • Hours
  • Closed
    Irregular holidays
  • Admission
    400 yen for high school students and above
    (Free for junior high school students and under)

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