Oyakuen Garden was built by the feudal lords of Aizu - these were medicinal gardens for Aizu domain. Its name is derived from the circuit style garden that incorporates the pond shaped like the Chinese character for heart or kokoro in its design, and the adjacent medicinal garden grows a variety of medicinal herbs.. Oyakuen is a daimyo garden built for the lord of the Aizu domain during the Edo period. The garden was designed by Meguro Josei, a disciple of Kobori Enshu. It is now officially called Aizu Matsudaira Garden though locals and maps still call it Oyakuen. The current daimyo garden was created in 1696 and its scale was expanded from the original Shin-ji pond by Meguro Jyosei, and became this tsukiyama-izumi style garden, which was the standard for daimyo gardens in the Edo period. Oyakuen has been listed as a nationally designated scenic spot.
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