Feb. 12, 2020 UPDATE
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A homely and peaceful garden near Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Ohashi Family Garden is located to the north of Fushimi Inari Shrine. The Ohashi Garden was made in 1913 by the garden designer Jihei Ogawa, who was involved in designing the garden of Heian Jingu Shrine, Murin-an, and more in Kyoto. He designed the garden because he was a good friend of the Ohashi family. There are 2 suikinkutsu (an acoustic device which uses water), both of which are the oldest in Kyoto. Since the garden is in the part of the Ohashi family's actual house, you will most definitely feel at home. Please spend some time in these peaceful surroundings away from the busy Fushimi Inari shrine.
Suikinkutsu (water harp cave)
At over 100 years old, these are the oldest sukinkutsu-acoustic water instrument-in Kyoto. You can enjoy the sound and feel relaxed by the water falling into the hole below. Please use one of the bamboo poles to listen so that you can hear the sound clearer.
There are 11 lanterns in the garden. Although the garden designer, Jihei Ogawa, refused to put 12 lanterns in the garden, the Ohashi family strongly requested him to do so because they loved collecting them. One of the lanterns called “Zendo-ji” is the most interesting of all. It is cut-out in the shape of a tea pot, bamboo shaker, and other silhouettes reflecting tea ceremony tools. In addition, several other lantern designs can be seen here. Try and compare them with each other.
Walking Through the mossy Path
This path was made in the image of Hose River. The moss was spread on all surfaces to take the image of a river. This moss path is wonderful to walk through.
Taking a Rest in the Rest Hut
The gardener was planning on building a tea house. however, he realized that the direction of the building was too bad and stopped in the middle of construction. Currently, it is used as a rest hut instead.
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Please do not place tripods on the moss.