Along the Higashiyama driveway there is the Shogunzuka Mound (青蓮院の飛地境内) and the Dainichi-do (将軍塚大日堂) Temple grounds. Besides the spectacular view from the two observatory’s in the garden of the temple there is the Shogunzuka Mound. The mound, it is approximately 20 meters in diameter and 2 meters in height. Emperor Kanmu constructed a clay statue of a general, 2.5 meters in height. He adorned the statue with armours, an iron bow and arrow, and swords before he buried it in the mound, as a guardian of the capital. Therefore, the place is known as Shogunzuka. As depicted in literatures such as Genpei Josuki and Taiheiki, the legend states that the mound actually rumbles when the nation is in danger. In the large garden one can find trees such as Japonicas and Higan cherries, peach, wisterias, and azalea. There is also a small Karesansui garden created by a gardener named Nakane Kinsaku. The place has also witnessed actual battles in the past. In 1338, the rebel force of Nitta Yoshisada pitched a camp here and defeated the shogunate force of Ashikaga Takauji. Shogunzuka is indeed a remnant of several wars and warriors. In the area, there are stone pillars and monuments, each with a pine tree hand planted by the political giants of the Meiji era, such as General Nogi, General Togo, middle General Kikuchi Takeo, and Okuma Shigenobu. It is believed that each of those political giants stood at this very place and decided to build a wealthy nation, when looking down at the towns of Kyoto.
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