Part V: Rock Gardens

There are rock gardens all over Japan and they seem to be an important part of any temple or monastary. Here is one we saw in Koya-san. It was very large, extremely well kept (of course) and was overlooked by railed pathways leading around the temple.

In this close-up picture you can see how finely the gravel is raked; across and then around the rocks. Talk about a garden that needs tending! Every time it rains you'd need to replant!

Koya-san looks great in autumn when the leaves change color, but if you have the opportunity to go any time during the year, TAKE IT! It's one of the most rewarding sights in Japan.