Seiganji Garden is characterized by the use of moss to represent water. It was built with the scenery of Mt. Tao as a borrowed landscape. After heavy rain, the underground water seeps out and the dry landscape garden transforms into a pond garden. This Edo period garden is a two-sided garden that is extremely rare in Japan. The scenery where lush moss sinks on the bottom of the water and reflects off the surface of the water is truly exceptional beauty. When the Rakurakuen in Hikone Castle was built, stones were taken away from Seiganji though later a vassal of the Ii family who built Rakurakuen and Genkyuen Gardens, rebuilt it at the request of the priest at the time. Seiganji is a Nationally Designated Scenic Spot.
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