Suizen ji Joju-en Garden is a one vast beautiful landscape and a tea arbor in Kumamoto, founded and maintained by three successive Hosokawa feudal lords way back on 17th century.
Covering an area of 64.6 hectares, the garden is carpeted with green lawn, and highlighted with miniatures of Mt. Fuji and Lake Biwa.
It is also a favorite hanami or cherry blossom viewing spot, quiet place for reading, and as a picnic venue. Artists and photographers also gather here to paint and take photos.
With its huge area, you can find different sources of leisure and relaxation in this park. There is also a shrine inside, dedicated for Hosokawa feudal lords, the Izumi Shrine. If you are a performing arts enthusiast, you will appreciate the Noh stage.
You will find a tea house called Kokin-Denju-no-Ma, where you can stop and contemplate. There is also an area for horseback riding and archery activity known as Yabusame.
The nearest station is the Shin Suizenji Station on the Hohi Main Line. You can also head to Kumamoto Station as alternative. From both stations, you can ride a tram that will lead you to Suizenji Koen, a short walk away from the garden.
The admission costs 400 Yen. The park is open 7:30 to 18:00 (March to October), and 8:30 to 17:00 (November to February).
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