Takao Komagino Dry Karesansui Garden is a public garden supported by the city of Hachioji Tokyo. Takao Komagino has a total of three small gardens within its compound. Its pond garden or chisen kaiyu style garden is modeled after those in Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji, Rokuon-ji and Nijo-jo Ninomaru Garden that are famous for this garden style inspired the design of this pond garden. Visitors can appreciate views of a crane-shaped island, a tortoise shaped island, a waterfall composed of stones, wisteria trellis, and the showpiece: the lotus pond shaped like the Chinese character for “heart”. The pond is filled with Nishikigoi koi carp. Attached to the teahouse building is a japanese dry landscape karesanui garden called Shozansui. By combining large and smaller stones planted on white sand it expresses an ideal world. This type of garden uses gravel used to express the flow of water. Normally these gardens are only found within Zen Buhddhist temples, and it is very rare to find one in a private garden such as this. Besides all this, there is one additional small tea garden. Takao Komagino Garden is free to enter and even has a special suikinkutsu hand basin or chozubachi, which accentuates the sound of water.