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February 10, 2006

Gardens of Kyoto- Nijo Castle

Final entry in this week's series of features on the Gardens of Kyoto from our Great Gardens and Parks portfolios.

Castles do not just grace medieval Europe. The Japanese Castle was a thriving architectural form in medieval Japan as well. The most striking example of Japanese castle building is Himeji Castle a UNESCO world heritage site. Within Kyoto, Nijo Castle is another striking example of Japanese castle construction. From a landscape perspective, the layout of Nijo's gardens, moats and impressive stone walls create an interesting contrast from the multitude of temple and shrine gardens in Kyoto.

Nijo's most striking aspect is the bone of most Japanese gardens, its amazing stone work. Both the boulder arrangements and castle walls are amazing.



For More:
City of Kyoto Brochure for Nijo Castle (Part 1 & Part 2)
Jgarden.org profile
Wikipedia article

Posted by Michael O'Connell at February 10, 2006 06:23 AM


Very nice report! I definitely want to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site one day!

Posted by: Matthias Ripp at February 12, 2006 07:22 AM

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