Chinzan-so Japanese Gardens Tokyo

Chinzan-so are traditional Japanese gardens located within Tokyo. The land once belonged to Prince Aritomo Yamagata who built his mansion here during the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912) then built the beautiful gardens around it.

Chinzan-so Gardens Tokyo

Chinzan-so Gardens Tokyo

The ownership of the land and garden were passed down to Baron Heitaro Fujita who brought a number of significant cultural items to the gardens including the three tiered pagoda. There are 10 famous sites to be found at Chinzan-so gardens each with an interesting history and relevance to the site.

Yusui Lake in Chinzanso Gardens Tokyo

Yusui Lake in Chinzanso Gardens Tokyo

Yusui Lake is a man made lake built in the middle of the gardens at the top of the lake is Chosyubaku Waterfall.

Chosyubaku Waterfall in Chinzanso Gardens Tokyo

Chosyubaku Waterfall in Chinzanso Gardens Tokyo

The three tiered pagoda was brought to Chinzan-so by Baron Heitaro Fujita in 1925 from Hiroshima. Legend says that the pagoda was built with out using any nails in the Chikurin-ji temple in Hiroshima around 802 -852 AD. Two other historical pagodas can be found in Tokyo – the five tiered pagoda at Ueno Kanenji temple (built in the Edo period 1603 – 1868) and the five tiered pagoda in the Ikegami Honmonji temple (also built in the Edo period).

Stone statues of Rakan (Rakanseki) through Chizan-so gardens are 20 statues from the original 500 statues carved from sketches the Japanese painter Jakucho Ito (1603 – 1696). The statues were originally located in the Sekihoji temple in Fushimi, Kyoto. Rakan represents a spiritual practitioner who has attained a high level of enlightenment.

Rakan Statue in Chinzanso Garden Tokyo

Rakan Statue in Chinzanso Garden Tokyo

Chinzan-so Gardens are located next to the Hotel Chinzanso just north of Shinjuku.

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