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. Besides the renowned vertical stone garden, there are artfully sculpted shcrubs that are common in Wakayama prefecture, but the artfulness here takes them to a new level. 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.
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