Saikyoji Hyakuden Teien Garden - altogether there are four distinct gardens surrounding the temple’s main hall. The most famous one is the Hyakuden Teien pond garden designed by Kobori Enshu during the Ido Period, The pond is supposed to represent Lake Biwa nearby (others contend that the pond is in the shape of a rose) with its backdrop slope punctuated with stones and satsuki bushes. Adjacent to the pond is a sukiya style teahouse, an addition added during the Meiji Period that is almost never open to the public. The second garden is called Dai Honbo Teien - its style is quite different from the Hyakuden Garden as it is composed of bushes in the tsukiyama style - its unique feature is of stepping stones embedded in the white sand “sea”. The third garden is the Shoin Teien, which is a dry garden created during the Meiji Period, and is composed of Sakamoto style masonry and stones. The fourth main garden is Yashoiun Teien or Back Shoin Garden which was created much more recently by Shigetaro Nishimura a local landscaper and is considered a pond appreciation garden.
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