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Weeping cherry tree

Naitei-Daimon

 Past the garden gate, there is a weeping cherry tree. Pale pink flowers bloom fully at the end of March. It is overwhelming and reminiscent of a waterfall.

Deshio-no-minato

Deshio-no-minato

 This is one name for the shore of the pond. The site is rich in good views of the different highlights of the garden. Horai-jima islet is on the left and Naka-no-shima island is on the right.

Imo-yama/Se-yama

Imo-yama/Se-yama

 These two garden hills are located on Naka-no-shima, an island in the pond. In former times, vernacular terms for "man" and "woman" were "se" and "imo" and the two hills are reminiscent of Izanagi and Izanami of Japan's ancient origin myth.

Tsutsuji-no-chaya

Tsutsuji-no-chaya

 This teahouse was built using the wood of old trees during the Meiji Period. It managed to survive the war and at the present time is still a site of great attraction because of its rare and beautiful form that can be seen at its best when maples turn red in the fall.

Sasakani-no-michi

Sasakani-no-michi

 Ancient people referred to spiders as "sasakani." The path is very narrow and therefore likened to a strand of a spider's nest.

Takimi-no-chaya

Takimi-no-chaya

 The Teahouse for Watching The Dragon is next to an arbor on a stream that runs through a gorge. The water falls down through the rocks, sending off a spray. From the arbor, there are good views of the Sleeping Dragon Rock and other scenes and one can hear the sound of the water.

Horaijima

Horaijima

 This is a small island in the pond made of stones, created based on a form of mysticism aimed at attaining supernatural power.

Togetsukyo

Togetsukyo

 This stone bridge was named after a famous Waka poem about the view of the moon moving across the sky with the cry of a crane in a rice paddy heard nearby. The bridge is using two large slabs of stone.

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