Water lilies bloom every year on the Takaragaike Pond in the Jyodo (Pure Land) Garden. This is the garden of Okunoin, inner sanctuary,  in the Taimadera Temple.  They are named Suiren in Japanese, which literally mean sleeping lotus, for they have a shape like a lotus and the petals close at night, and open during the day.  There is a legend about the lotus and the Taima Mandala.  Once upon a time, when Princess Chujyo dipped lotus threads into the well, the threads changed in five different colors immediately. She wove the Taima Mandala in one night using these threads.

 

Season: June - July

Famous location: Okunoin, inner sanctuary in the Taimadera Temple