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Raikyu-ji Temple Garden
A must-see Japanese garden expressing the beauty of nature
This Japanese rock garden called karesansui, which uses no water and instead uses stones and sand to express a natural landscape, has been designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty and is an important site that has existed for more than 400 years. Visitors to the garden are treated to the delicate depiction of a natural landscape through such representations as rocks and trees on the white sand for islands and trimmed azalea trees for swelling waves. The garden is particularly beautiful in May when the azaleas bloom and in autumn when the foliage begins to turn. Raikyu-ji Temple Garden is awarded 1 star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. In the vicinity, visitors can see the buke-yashiki (samurai house) where samurai lived more than 300 years ago, offering a chance to witness a living landscape of the past.
- 18, Raikyuji Town, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
- 15 min on foot from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Sta.
- Business Hours
- 9:00am – 5:00pm
- No closing days
- General admission 300 yen; students 200 yen (junior high and senior high)
Combined tickets 900 yen (admission to Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Buke-Yashiki (2 visits), Raikyu-ji Temple Garden, and the regional museum)