This sub-temple of Tofukuji was substantially altered in 1877 with the addition of a stone path that bisects the garden in front of the main hall. The result is one of the most intriguing gardens in Kyoto. On the west side of the path is a rectangle of sand raked in a checkerboard and a clump of trees and stones in one corner forming a crane and turtle arrangement. On the east side of the path is a pond garden with a stone bridge, clipped shrubs, and a a planted hillock.
Spirit turtles are carrying the
Fan-chang island on their heads.
Its high peaks rise to majestic heights.
Immortals flutter along the edges of
Jade maidens play on the slopes of