Walk inside of a large garden and take your time strolling around beautifully maintained paths. Look for Chisen Kaiyu-shiki gardens, a term used for strolling garden with pond. Chisen Kaiyu-shiki gardens are designed for strolling purposes, and they often feature small bridges and stone lanterns. Look closely for different elements in a garden as you walk through it. Japanese gardens generally reflect pure natural landscapes such as mountains, hills, and lakes. Replicating those shapes into more compact size is a method used in construction of many Japanese gardens.
One of the earliest styles of gardens is labeled as Gokuraku-jodo garden, exhibiting the paradise of Amida Buddha. Because gardens have been kept and maintained for generations, they still remain to this day. Paradise gardens of Gokuraku-jodo style often exhibit large ponds and lotus flowers. Started developing over 1000 years ago, some elements of Gokuraku-jodo gardens remain in Kyoto, one great example is Byodo-in Temple located in Uji area.