One of the most famous dry gardens (karesansui) in Japan. This image only shows a portion of the garden but there are 15 rocks among the gravel. It has been constructed in such a way that, from ground level, one cannot see all 15 from one location.
Detail from a subtemple on Mount Koya (Koya-san), a UNESCO World Heritage site in Wakayama.
Nestled within the garden sits the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto.
One of the many gardens of Nanzen-ji temple.
Maple tree framed by the elevated walkway.
Tenjuu-an is one of the often overlooked sub-temples of Nanzen-ji.
Also found just off the Philosopher's Path in Kyoto.
Another often overlooked temple and garden along the Philosopher's Path in Kyoto.
Starting at the head (or the tail) of the Philosopher's Path in Kyoto sits the precincts of the Silver Pavilion.
There are four gardens at Tofuku-ji in northern Kyoto. This moss garden is the north garden.
The West garden at Tofuku-ji
Another of the dry gardens within Tofuku-ji.
Sub-temple and associated dry garden of Tofuku-ji
Momiji in the spring
Nijo castle was built in the 17th Century by the ruling Tokugawa shogunate.
Located in the western district of Arashiyama. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located in the western district of Arashiyama within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tenryu-ji. This style of garden is referred to as "shakkei" or borrowing of the surrounding landscape.
Well off the beaten track in northern Higashiyama is Shisen-do and its pleasant dry garden.
The most famous of the moss gardens in Kyoto is Saiho-ji (Kokedera) but if you decide that pre-booking your visiting time is too much hassle, the lesser known Giou-ji is highly recommended.