Kasuisai Temple Garden has 600 years of history, named by the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. In April and May, cherries, peonies, and azaleas The large garden facing the main hall is called “Hokkazokai-no-Ike” - a dry garden surrounded by stones that makes use of the slope of the mountain behind. It is the best place for Zen training and even ordinary people can experience Zazen and also experience transcribing sutras and Shojin-ryori temple vegetarian cuisine. Sanmon mountain gate designed by Chuta Ito, a major figure in the architectural world. It was completed in 2010 based on the blueprint designed in 1935. Looking up before passing through the mountain gate, Aun's lions are looking at each other. The roof is lined with playful and expressive youkai from Chuta Ito, who was also a big youkai lover. The Gokoku Tower on the hill on the west side of the precincts was built in 1911 to worship the dead of the Russo-Japanese War. The design by Chuta Ito, is shaped like the pagoda of Gandhara.
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