The peony garden of Kongoji Zen Temple in Minami-Ashigara, Japan was founded by the temple's 17th Zen priest, Togen. His dream was to plant 100 peonies on the temple grounds. Over the years he increased the number of peonies and ended up planting about 90 flowers on the temple grounds. However, before his dream became true, he passed away and the project was handed over to the next generation. Unfortunately after his death, the project fell into oblivion and over the years the peony garden grew smaller and smaller. In 2019 the project was resumed by today's Zen priest Issui. And now there are around 50 different varieties and a total of 76 peonies blooming in a small area of the temple garden. The peony garden is open to the public during the flowering period between April and May.
Peonies：Japanese Tree Peonies, American Tree Peonies and Tree Peonies from its birth country China.
With a peony sponsorship, you finance the planting of a new variety and its care for the coming years and thus becomes the owner of the respective flower. The peony is planted in the temple and inscribed with the sponsor's name. Choose a new variety from the sponsorship album, which is displayed at the Peony Garden and have it planted under your own name.
Surprise your loved ones with an unusual gift
Want a truly unforgettable gift your friends and family will love? Then give them their very own Tree Peony in Japan. Celebrate your love for Japan, create a memory or sponsor a symbol of your friendship or love for one another. The peony sponsorship can be issued to oneself, to a loved one or as couple. A personalized name plaque from the sponsor or the couple will be placed right next to the peony. A perfect gift for your girlfriend or to immortalize yourself as a couple in Japan for the rest of your life.