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'Karesansui' Japanese Garden - Traditional Machiya Townhouse Features

A short history regarding the ‘Karesansui’ are dry rock gardens, also known as zen rock gardens.

During the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), there were a large number of Japanese gardens that featured ponds throughout Kyoto, Japan. Unfortunately, because most were destroyed during the Onin War (1467). As many citizens, even the wealthy, were struggling financially, this led way to smaller dry landscapes to gain in popularity.

This machiya features a ‘karesansui’ garden, with white sand and strategically placed rocks, moss, and greenery. These gardens are meant to be enjoyed from indoors, or from a porch. Allowing you to quietly focus on the space, and contemplate the meaning behind its simplicity.

Stay in a traditional Japanese townhouse (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan. Rent a private machiya holiday house – perfect as a short term or long term vacation rental.

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