Originally built on the Takamura-san Chikurinji Temple in Hiroshima Prefecture, this three-story pagoda was designated as a registered Tangible Cultural Property of the country. It was Heitaro Fujita, president of Fujita Group, who took over the garden from Aritomo Yamagata and decided to relocate the pagoda to Tokyo after it was severely damaged by a powerful storm. One theory says it was built at the end of the 16th century because of its architectural style, but during a major renovation in 2010, it was discovered that the pagoda was built much earlier, around the year 1420. Yet another legend says that the first renovation was during the 12th century by the military leader Taira no Kiyomori, so it’s origins are still under debate. Buddha Shōkanzeon Bosatsu was enshrined in 2010, at which time the pagoda was named "Entsukaku."

You have climbed to the highest point in the garden. Well done - have a seat and take a break.

There was once a temple called "Mejiro Fudōson" next to Chinzan-so, where the people from Edo would visit all the time. In the temple, there was a bell that was officially recognized by the Edo Shogunate and was appropriately called the "Bell of Time," as it was used to inform the time. However, it was set differently than we might imagine. These days, one hour is counted as 60 minutes no matter what time of the year it is, but time was perceived differently back in the Edo period. The so-called “ultimate” summertime system was adopted, which sets time-based on when the sun rises and sets. Setting the Bell of Time this way allowed the people’s daily life to flow with the rhythm of the sun and nature. It’s a very different way to perceive time than what we’re used to, but can you deny its natural appeal?

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