A Garden that Embodies Teioku-ichinyo (oneness of house and garden)
The garden incorporates the lush greenery of the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden as borrowed scenery and is designed to harmonize with the surrounding buildings with a variety of expression.
This ancient architectural philosophy is known as teioku-ichinyo.
It has long been an important part of the Japanese architectural and landscape aesthetic.
An Open Covered Bridge Between East and West Buildings
The bridge connects the east and west structures of the State Guest House. The depth of the pond changes just under the bridge, with one section of the pond arranged with an island to suggest the sea, and the other planted with nebikigusa to simulate a rice paddy.
A Garden for Every Seasons
Planted with a variety of trees and flowers, the garden is designed so that visitors can enjoy unique scenery in every season.
Shaped like an inverted boat, the ceiling of the covered bridge is high at the center with sloping sides. The timber is Yoshino cedar, and the four corners are ornamented with openwork carvings of insect life.
Wasen: A Traditional Boat
Dignitaries from overseas can enjoy boating on the pond to experience Japanese culture. As the pond is quite shallow, the boat also has a shallow draft.
The northern section of the pond is stocked with varicolored carp, which foreign dignitaries often enjoy feeding.