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Tenryū-ji – Kyoto, Japan

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Tenryū-ji

(81)  75.881.1235
68 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō,
Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi,
Kyōto-fu 616-8385,

www.tenryuji.com/en

Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily  Summer
9:00-16:00    Daily  winter (Oct. 21-Mar. 20)

Built in 1339 by the ruling shogun of the time, Ashikaga Takauji, Tenryū-ji is another gem in Kyoto.

The famous garden was designed by Muso Soseki, who also created the fabulous garden of Kokedera (Moss Temple – which requires much advance planning and is on our bucket-list).

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As Tenryū-ji is a large complex network of temples and gardens, we have the following recommended itinerary:

1. Bamboo grove

2. Okochi Sanso garden

3. Shingetsu vegetarian restaurant @ Tenryū-ji – reservation is mustand walk-ins will receive a firm “NO”!

Note: if you forget to make a reservation for Shingetsu you can go to any of the tofu restaurants on the main street leading to the train station

4. Tenryū-ji

5. Lunch at Tenryū-ji or any of the other restaurants on the way to the train station

We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay.  It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!


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Okochi Sanso – Kyoto, Japan

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Jibutsudō

Okochi Sanso

(81)  75.872-2233

Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily

Located a 15 minute walk from Tenryūji Temple, on the slopes of Mount Ogura, at the end of the famous Arashiyama Tenryū-ji Bamboo Forest , is hidden this most beautiful place; Okochi Sanso.  The former home and garden of the actor Denjirō Ōkōchi  (1898–1962) the villa became public after his death in 1962.

Ōkōchi -san’s movie career spanned over 5 decades from 1926 – 1962.  Escaping from the bustle of set, He retreated to the land and designed (mostly himself) this calming collection of gardens and buildings through the 1930s – 40s.

Narrow pathways, past the vistas and forests, will bring you to  a small museum (for Denjirō Ōkōchi and his life in film), as well as the Jibutsudō – an original  Meiji Era building. On your short walk, you can experience a most wonderful view of the fall foliage should you be present during the Autumn; and, with assumption, the same must be true for the spring bloom!

Keep your eyes open for a very discrete path.  Via this hidden corridor, there is a secret building most visitors miss.  Inside one will find, on one side, yet another perfect zen garden and on the back, a view to the mountains.  Lovingly, this room has tables prepared paper and ink for any visitor to practice calligraphy.

After all Kyoto’s palaces and temples, one could really feel the personal love that Okochi Sanso put into his own home.

Recommended.

 

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Kenroku-en – Kanazawa, Japan

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Kenroku-en (兼六園)

(81) –76.234.3800
1 Kenrokumachi Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture  920-0936, Japan

www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/

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Kanazawa Castle – Kanazawa, Japan

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Kanazawa Castle 金沢城

(81) –76.234.3800
1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture  920-0937, Japan

www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kanazawajou

Open Hours:
Castle:      7:00 – 18:00    Daily
Gardens: Open longer
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Jardin Botánico del Quindío – Armenia, Colombia

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Jardin Botánico del Quindío

(57) 67427254
(57) 310 404 5223
Avenida Centenario 15-190, Kilómetro 3 Vía al Valle
Calarcá Quindío, Colombia

www.jardinbotanicoquindio.org

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 5:00pm
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The Botanical Gardens in Quindio, Colombia is small and special.  The entire space covers 15 hectares (36 acres) of which only 3 hectares (7.2 Acres) are open for  public visits. This is a lovely theme in Colombian parks.  Their main goal is to conserve, such that a large portion of parkland is set aside and not available for public access.

Walking the winding paths through the forests one can identify (with the help of the cheery, knowlegable guides) many species of palm trees.  Colombia has the second largerst diversity of palms in the world with 235 known varieties.  At the garden in Quindio, you can enjoy 150 of these species spread though the forest.

Another Botanical attraction is the wide assortment of ferns, giving the park its Jurassic feel.  Ferns are the most ancient of plants on earth; so old that they predate seeds, and reproduce with spores.  They are everywhere at the botanical garden from smaller ground dwellers to the arboreal, tree-like, ferns.  The Heliconias or birds of paradise, is another species demonstrating its wide variation, with 71 species are on display.

The main selling point of the garden is the Mariposario – or butterfly house.  This net structure is built in the shape of a butterfly and is home to an array of surprisingly friendly butterflies.  If you go slow and gentle, you can easily have one of the large Owl butterflies as your ride-along companion.

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What makes this particular garden wonderful is its mix of accessibility and wildness.  The paths are clear, but minimal, outlined with Guadua taken from the fallen stalks that decorate the forest.  The local Guadua – a species of bamboo native to the region and the strongest in the world – has its complete life cycle on full display.  With visible specimens ranging from young sprouts  to full adulthood.  Interestingly, The Guadua achieves its full high within the first 6 months of its life and can vary between 5 – 30 meters in height and a diameter  between 2 -22 cm.  As the  the guadua reaches towards its full height, it sheds its a paper-like skin along the way.  As they age, the stalks slant over and decompose creating a geometric pattern throughout the forest. The guadua also performs an amazing water purifying process.  Each morning it absorbs water from its surroundings and then releases it purified and perfect that at dusk!

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Other interesting spots adorn the park, such as the small, camouflaged bird-watching cabin; with simple seating and one-way glass, overlooking a beautiful garden where fresh fruits attract the colorful local birds.  There is also a fun suspension bridge over a deep gully, a mini-maze and one of the region’s popular lookout towers.

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