A detached palace in the Heian capital, constructed at the start of the Heian period. A large pond drawing water from a natural spring was built within a spacious lot measuring 485 meters north-south and 242 meters east-west. From Emperor Kanmu's visit in 800, various emperors made occasional journeys there until about 930, and it was also used as a place to pray for rain from the mid-ninth century. The garden pond which still remains is but a small part of its original form. It is designated a national historic site, and is located in Nakagyō ward, Kyoto.
Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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