In a departure from traditional Japanese gardens, this garden has rolling expanses of English-style lawns that reflect the melding of Japanese and Western elements. This blending of styles is also visible in the architecture of a house that once belonged to soldier and statesman Arimoto Yamagata. Backed by a sweep of hills, Murin-an has paths that meander past converging streams and a three-tier waterfall. The south side of the garden is almost always in shadow, creating wonderful contrasts.
31 Nanzenji-Kusakawa-cho, Kyōto, 606-8437, Japan