Sanbo-in is a Buddhist temple in southern Kyoto, famous for the quality of its Japanese garden. The garden is designed as a strolling garden with a large pond and several paths and bridges and said to contain over 700 stones. One of the stones, called the Fujito, is said to have cost over 5,000 bushels of rice to obtain. Sanb-in is also a noteworthy illustration of a landscape garden which is designed for viewing from a specific perspective within a building. Laid out in the Momoyama period, the garden depicts "fortuitous crane," the "tortoise" and the "isle of eternal youth" poetic terms that identify specific ways in which stones and ponds are poised in a prescribed, esoteric relationship. .Toyotomi Hideyoshi designed this garden as a venue for an extravagant cherry blossom viewing party. Sanbo-in is subtemple of Daigoji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Treasure of Japan.
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