Maruyama Park

Until 300 years ago, the area where Kyoto’s Maruyama Park stands today was merely shrubs and weeds. Early last century a landscape gardener, Jihei Ogawa, improved the gardens. The area was originally called Makuzugahara, but during the Kamakura period, it became known as a place of traditional Waka poems.

Maruyama Park, Kyoto
The quiet end of Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Today the park is renowned for its cherry blossoms in the spring, but when I visited, the drooping cherry trees were an iridescent green. While it was noisy around the Japanese pond, up the path on the eastern side, there was hardly a sound.

Sub-shrine, Kyoto
A sub-shrine not far from the park

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