Katsura Imperial Villa, The Most Beautiful Garden In Japan

Elizabeth Scholtz calls this “one of the great imperial gardens of Japan. It’s both ancient and famous.” Designed in the 16th century by renowned gardener Kobori Enshu, Katsura is the earliest known strolling garden. “It’s a hide and reveal garden,” Scholtz explains, “offering different views at every turn and full of surprises that are revealed as in a great drama. It’s full of literary allusions and very carefully planned.” The all-green gardens boast water bridges, small villas, moss, stepping stones, and other subtle delights.





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