Ryogin-an was originally the residence of the third abott of Tofuku-ji. The Garden of the Dragon is one of the finest modern karesansui gardens designed by Shigemori Mirei, with stones dramatically placed amidst black and white gravel - each dark area represents a dragon or clouds. The Eastern garden is the "Garden of the Inseparable", with a simple ginkgo tree standing in the background. This garden uses purple gravel that is not common for zen gardens, and hints at the recency of its design. All three gardens were designed by Shigemori Mirei a modern master landscape gardener who designed other gardens in Tofukuji as well as others in Kyoto and indeed Japan.