22 Jul 2016 in Discover Japan
Find out about the art, history, and elegance of Japanese gardens which really inspires lovers of Zen-like nature.
The art of Japanese gardens developed during the Heian period (794-1185), inspired by those drawn by Buddhist monks for their monasteries. Long after, “landscape” gardens, which constructed miniature versions of hills and artificial ponds, became very fashionable among the Japanese aristocracy.
From the 14th century, stones and sand appeared, a style brought by the Zen monks, which contributed to the elegance of these gardens, whose development continued during the Edo period, particularly in Edo and Kyoto. These gardens focused on replicating a piece of nature by recreating a pure as well as natural beauty.
There are 3 main types of Japanese gardens: Tsukiyama, a replica of nature in miniature with hills, rivers, ponds, and waterfalls; Karesansui, reflecting Zen spirituality with simple gardens using stone and gravel to reproduce the movement of water; and Chaniwa, small-sized, sober and bare, right next door to tea houses, which replicate a natural and utter simplicity.
The Kenroku-En garden in the Ishikawa prefecture is often considered the most beautiful of Japanese gardens. It brings together the six key attributes of the ideal garden: spaciousness, seclusion, antiquity, panoramas, artifice, and waterways.
Built at the beginning of the 17th century on just over 11 hectares, when you visit it you are first of all surprised by its expanse, but also by its impressive variety of landscapes and its 183 species of plants, which account for nearly 8000 trees. Located one hour drive away from Hoshino Resorts KAI Kaga this garden represents a must-see place to visit during your stay.