These gardens are ordered, more or less, north to south, which was the general direction of my travels.
Kairaku-en in Mito, is one of three gardens, with similar names, always mentioned together.
A residential garden in the pottery town of Kasama, near Mito.
A spring in the Inner Garden of Tokyo's Meiji Shrine.
Stone lantern and "tsukubai" in a large austere Zen temple court-yard, in Takaoka, Toyama.
Ginkaku-jin (Silver Pavilion) is a very popular site in Kyoto.
Stumbled upon gardeners doing a major updating of the garden's central sand element.
Ginkaku-ji's Pavilion sits on the pond which is adjacent to the sand element.
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) is also very popular. The pavilion fronts onto a large pond, probably once used for boating parties.
Honen-in has a sand element with an ever changing design on it.
Koto-in, in Daitoku-ji, features moss over rock or sand,
The central stone lantern at Koto-in.
Stone lanterns? Oh, we have a few for sale….
Hogon-in, in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, is a top autumn foliage site, along with its rock waterfall and pond.
Another area of Hogon-in features moss and a 13 story stone tower.
Another one of the "Three's", Koraku-en, in Okayama.
A bent stone bridge to a tea house in Koraku-en.
In Fukuoka, Sentou-tei represents the Genkai-sea off NW Kyushu.
A pond with koi in Suwa-jinja, a Shinto Shrine in Nagasaki.