As you enter the narrow side street from the path of Nanzenji Temple, a quaint approach continues from the front gate of Kikusui in a quiet corner to the main entrance. The smell of the soil and the faint fragrance of flowers flutter in the wind, and it seems as if the natural biotope with a lively garden welcomes a guest. At the entrance, Nobuyuki Yoshimoto's art work strongly draws the attention. The stunning work of stainless steel, titled “Carp / Exceeds the Speed of Light,” coincides with the image of powerful and lively garden carp and overlaps with Kikusui’s serene flow of past, present, and future.
Garden with Five Senses
On a spacious site of about 820 tsubo (2710sqm), there is a wonderful Japanese garden with a pond in the center, created by the Jihei Ogawa the seventh who is said to be a pioneer of modern gardens in Meiji era. In the garden, a sukiya-style building with the essence of Japanese architecture is aligned, and peaceful time flows through the seasonal nature.