Nanin-ji Garden

Originally known as Omuro Gosho (Omuro Palace) when Emperor Uda made it his retirement residence, later the palace was designated a Shingon temple and renamed Nanin-ji. 

For nearly a thousand years a prince of imperial lineage served as its abbot and its buildings and grounds are constructed in an elegant imperial style and known as a monzeki temple, a title given to a temple governed by an imperial prince. Its buildings are among Japan’s most important cultural assets.

Nanin-ji is home to the Omuro school of ikebana, and it was my great pleasure to watch as arrangements were created for us to enjoy. 

The temple is well known for the two hundred late-blooming cherry trees that bloom each April. 

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