Sunday, July 5, 2015


Kodai-ji is a temple in the Higashiyama District established in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi who helped unite Japan in 1590.

Two Zen gardens surround the Hojo (main hall). One is a rock garden consisting of a large field of raked gravel meant to represent the vast ocean. The other garden is a Tsukiyama style garden featuring pine and maple trees, a pond, man made hills, and decorative rocks. Within this garden is also the Kaizando (memorial hall) that contains images of  Hideyoshi and his wife, Nene.

A path along the hillside passes by two teahouses and eventually leads through an extensive bamboo grove before arriving at a series of steps that lead out of the temple complex into the Higashiyama District.