Raikyu-ji is a Japanese Zen garden categorized as karesansui, a dry landscape where stones and sands are used to express a natural landscape by forming patterns and symmetries like the most celebrated garden in Japan, Ryoan-ji.
The garden is as its best in fall when Azaleas bloom as it complement the autumn foliage that turns from greens to rusty red and gold.
The garden also has a temple that offers more delicateness to its visitors, perfect for a quiet time and soul searching. It once served as the residence of Kobori Enshu, a local feudal lord, an architect, garden designer and tea ceremony master. It is now a temple of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen Buddhism in the preserved town of Takahashi.
After a short stay in the castle, visitors may explore to the nearest castle in the old town of Takahashi, the Bitchu-Matsuyama-jo Castle.
The nearest station to the temple and garden is Bitchu-Takahashi Station (JR West Hakubi Line).
The garden is open throughout the year, from 9:00 to 17:00. Entrance fee costs 300 yen.
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