All shades of green, and early leaves on red maples
A dry landscape: note the bridge, made of a single stone, over the sand river
A pond garden
I didn't see very much of Okayama, on the Inland Sea coast, but I did visit its famous Kôrakuen parc. It was really a pleasure to stroll around in it.
Bamboo forest and red maple
View of the lake, with small island and bridge
Bridge over a small river, with a still blooming weeping cherry.
I guess one of the highlights of my trip was Kyoto, the city with a seemingly inexhaustible number of temples and gardens. I have been there several times, and never cease to be caught up by the charm of it. On my first visiting day, it unfortunately rained a lot. But I did make it to Ninjo castle. The gardens there are lovely. I saw an interesting temporary display.
An interesting modern take on Zen sand gardens.
A wet stone path
I will continue with Kyoto in my next post.