Shūgakuin is a detached palace built between 1656 and 1659 by Retired Emperor Go-Mizunoo, at the foot of Mt. Hiei. It is composed of three complexes, Kami no chaya, Naka no chaya and Shimo no chaya. Of these, Kami no chaya is a garden centered on the pond named Yokuryūchi, made by damming up mountain streams with a large bank. The view from Rin'untei, located above it, of the pond, the district of Iwakura, and the Kitayama mountains beyond, is excellent. Three islands were placed in Yokuryūchi, where pleasure boating was enjoyed. Naka no chaya and Shimo no chaya also have ponds. The Shūgakuin detached palace is located in Sakyō ward, Kyoto.
Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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