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.