The Katsura Rikyū (Imperial Detached Palace) is one of three Imperial Villas of Kyoto and known for its architecture and stroll garden.
The view from the foot of Mount Hiei provides a magnificent view of the city and the mountains to the North in a good example of Shakkei (borrowed scenery). This 545,000 square meter villa consists of three parts, Upper Villa, Middle Villa, and Lower Villa. The name comes from the burned Shugakuin Temple from the middle Heian Period.
Rotary Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) Japanese Garden was designed and built by Petranek Brothers Landscaping (Milton, WI) in 1989. Originally positioned on the west edge of an old sand and gravel quarry, this garden was one of the first built when RBG was founded. This contemplative setting is designed to offer a view to the adjacent pond and create an immersive experience. Features include gates, fences, a dry gravel see, stones, a waterfall, stream and many Japanese lanterns and other elements.
The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).