Kurisu studied landscape design and construction under Kenzo Ogata in Tokyo, Japan. He then was Landscape director for the Garden Society of Japan (Nihon Teien Kyokai) (1968–1972), during which time he supervised construction of the Portland Japanese Garden. In 1972 he founded Kurisu International, Inc., which has since designed and built a number of gardens.
He designed the Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, a set of six gardens representing 1,000 years of Japanese horticultural tradition from the 9th to the 20th centuries. They were completed in 2001. Kurisu designed gardens at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, in Lebanon, Oregon, which was the winner of a 2006 "Healthcare Environment Award for Landscape Design".
- Anderson Japanese Gardens - Rockford, Illinois
- Asian Rock Garden at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art - Gainesville, Florida
- Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens - Dubuque, Iowa
- Portland Japanese Garden - Portland, Oregon
- Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - Delray Beach, Florida
- The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Swick, Thomas (May 2011). "Florida's lush Japanese gardens". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
- "Portfolio: Healthcare spaces". Kurisu.Com. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Alex Paul (6 October 2004). "Lebanon Hospital healing garden a cutting edge way to heal, relieve". New Era. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011.
- "The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden". www.meijergardens.org. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Retrieved 14 December 2017.