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Kokawa-dera Temple Garden was created by Ueda Soko, a Sengoku warrior and master of tea ceremony. The garden at Kokawa-dera is designated as a national site of scenic beauty of Japan. Its formation is unique, with stones and shrubs artfully vertially arranged on a slope. The stones are of chlorite, piedmontite and serpentine brought in from nearby mountains. Kokawa-dera was founded by a hunter in the 8th century, Wakayama's Kokawa-dera Temple is still maintained by the hunter's descendants. The temple is known nationwide as an important place for the Buddhist belief in Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. It is the third temple in the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage.