Suizenji Jojuen Garden


2018.04.17

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Just a short journey from the central JR Kumamoto Station you’ll discover Suizenji Jojuen Garden, a scenic, Japanese landscape garden. Filled with history and home to a rather unique landscape, it’s an ideal place for spending the afternoon, as you wander along the circular path, checking out the sights as you loop around the photogenic natural spring pond.

  • Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    The history of the park stretches back to 1632, when the ground here was originally the site of Suizenji Temple, which was built under the guidance of Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi of Kumamoto. Hosokawa Tadatoshi’s grandson, Lord Tsunatoshi created the current incarnation of the park you see today.

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    The park’s landscape has been meticulously crafted to represent the 53 Stations of the Tokaido, a famous historic route, which connected Tokyo (which at the time of building was called Edo) to Kyoto, set in the Edo-period. Keep an eye out for familiar recreated landscapes and be sure to pay a visit to the park’s most popular tribute, a mini Mt. Fuji. Another popular point of interest you’ll find is Kokin-Denju-no-Ma, a traditional style teahouse that was brought here from Kyoto in 1912. The teahouse is open to visitors, so you can enjoy a cup of traditionally prepared tea while admiring the interior of this historic building.

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    In spring, the park is one of Kumamoto’s most scenic cherry blossom viewing sites. Typically running from late March until early April, this is when hanami (flower watching season) comes into full effect. The over 150 trees that are scattered across the area come to life, dotting the landscape with clouds of soft pale pink flowers. As a precursor to the cherry trees the park is also home to a cluster of plum trees that bloom slightly earlier, their fragrant darker pink flowers are just as impressive, contrasting with the rich, dark green of the park’s other foliage.

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Here on the park grounds you’ll also find the vibrant orange torii gates of its Inari shrine, adding another splash of color to this already stunning park. Thanks to its peaceful natural beauty, Suizenji Jojuen Garden is a popular place for artists who spend countless hours here recreating their own versions of this unique and unforgettable spot.

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    The park is an easy 30 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station, hop off at Suizenji Koen tram stop, from there it’s just a short walk away. Alternatively you can also get to the park via Hohi Line to Shin-Suizenji Station, three stops from Kumamoto Station, from there the park is around a 10 minute walk.

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