Shosenji Temple was made by Ogawa Kuro, who developed Ogawa Village along Ome Kaido Road in the Edo period. The waterway stream of Tamagawajosui that has been used as the water of the village life is part of the temple in the form of a small pond.. The garden is known as "The Village of Runaway Water”. In this unique garden, shrubs have been sculpted around massive stones throughout the garden, with stone pagodas and 33 Kannon statues. Although the temple grounds and garden are not well maintained, nevertheless, it is one of the most unique Japanese gardens in the Tokyo area and well worth visiting, especially in spring when azaleas are in bloom. The weeds and tasteless sculptures need to be overlooked, but the original garden masterful design is its high point. The temple itself was destroyed in 1819 and again in 1898 but was rebuilt both times. The temple structures were remodeled in 1916 and again in 1999.
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