A Beautiful and Creative Ehime Garden
Garyu Sanso (臥龍山荘) is a historic villa with mossy Japanese garden in Ozu, Ehime-ken on Shikoku island in Japan. I enjoy the peaceful scenery of the Japanese gardens. This one is extra special. There are the things you would expect: rolling moss, manicured trees, traditional vignettes.
This Ehime garden is special because it manages to be just a bit more magical and whimsical than any other Japanese Garden or park I’ve visited thus far. Maybe it’s the funny animal statues sprinkled across the property. Maybe it’s the repurposed item throughout: grinding stones amongst the walkway stones or old roof tiles used as planting borders.
While not revolutionary when seen individually, the overall effect is whimsical and lovely. It’s a feeling that only can be expressed here in Shikoku – where creatives can work with a bit more freedom outside of the stricter organizations in Kyoto or Tokyo.
In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated gardens in Japan and a top recommendation.
Check out the YouTube Short
Garyu Sanso: Ehime Garden Gallery
Garyu Sanso on Google Maps
Location: Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, an up-and-coming rural destination for eco-tourism.
Closest towns: Yawatahama, Uchiko, Seiyo, Matsuyama.