Ryotanji garden is from the Nara period, and its temple was founded in 733. The garden was created by Enshu Kobori and is located in the northern section of the temple and designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. The Shinji Ike pond garden was designed in the shape of the Chinese character kokoro or heart and the rock formations within the garden display characteristics of a Zen temple. The garden changes its expression during different seasons. The south garden is a more traditional dry zen garden composed of sand and stones.