The red wood and roof ornaments stood out brilliantly against the trees in the background. The low f/stop on the lens did a great job here.
Colored wooden structures in Japan always seem to have a certain charm. They look so totally in harmony the surroundings, and yet only meters away are new modern concrete buildings.
Pathways and the lights that come on at night are a nice defining line to this garden landscape.
Nice contrast of green and red with some slight mix of gold in the roof beams.
Looking through the entrance way to the gardens.
A nice mixture of greenery , rocks and water.
I could imagine this setting in Kyoto. It is hard to imagine that this garden is in the middle of a hotel complex and only minutes away from a major Tokyo Station.
The roof is very grand. A lot of work has gone into this.
The tea house area for reserved guests.
Some of the garden pieces were mixed in with the greenery.
The main hotel building can be seen in the background here. It looked quite strange to see such a large building looming over the garden from this angle. Like coming out of a forest clearing and seeing the big city.
You can see the modern glass building of the hotel apartments in the background of this building. It doesn't actually spoil the look or atmosphere of the traditional garden.
Some of the garden ornaments were leaning to one side. I had to check my balance a few times when taking this photo to see whether I had the camera straight.
Great detail here on this piece. Is that a dragon?
Trying out a bit of depth focus on this bridge. A little bit hard to stare at this photo for too long. Your eyes start to struggle to find a focus point across the bridge. Like walking the tightrope over a canyon.
Arches through to the main structure.
One of the garden objects.
Nice little stream with a mixture of greenery.
It is nice to see some small bridges in Japanese traditional gardens spanning the water. Some are curved, maybe painted red, others like this one are more plain, but equally pleasing to the eye.
From the traditional garden across to the hotel there is a nice transition area where they have some lawn grass.
The bridge crossing over to the main garden.
Looking back at the main Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.
There was a nice steak house restaurant in the grounds of the hotel. This would be a good place for a meal at night.
A lion sitting in protection of the hotel grounds.
There are a number of Takanawa Hotels in the complex. It is quite easy to get lost looking for the right path to take. The garden sits in between the middle of them all.
The winding round leading up to the top of the Hotel complex.
Do you enjoy looking at traditional Japanese gardens?