After battling through the crowds viewing the momiji at Tofuku-ji it was nice to retreat to the calm of this garden. Although there were quite a few tourists it was less hectic and most people were just sat down enjoying the garden. Designed in 1939, the garden is a mix of modern art and tradition. It is regarded as a fine example of contemporary Zen garden.
|The southern garden represents the four Elysian islands.|
|In the western garden these five moss covered mounds symbolize the five sacred mountains.|
|The northern garden uses stone and moss to embody the falling autumn leaves.|
|The names of the monks at the Temple this year.|
|In the eastern garden some of the temple`s foundation pillars make up the Great Bear constellation.|