Suizenji Jojuen Garden is one of the major tourist spot in Kumamoto Prefecture. It is a traditional Japanese style garden that covers an area of 64.6 hectares. It is constructed in 1632 by Hosokawa feudal lords.
The layout of the garden represents the 53 stations of the Tokaido highway which connected Edo to Kyoto and include the landscaping miniature of Mt. Fuji.
The centerpiece of the garden is a crystal-clear pond which is fed constantly by spring water which flowers there from Mt. Aso via underground currents.
The most popular attraction in the garden is the miniature of Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa whcih is the largest lake in Japan. Then, the Izumi Shrine which is dedicated to the ancestors of the Hosokawa clan. An Inari Shrine, the Kokin Denju-no-ma that's from Kyoto's Imperial Palace.
The park is just a short walk from "Suizenji Koen" tram stop (JR Kumamoto station).
Alternatively, you can take a train on the JR Hohi Line and get off at Shin-Suizenji Station. From there, the park is just a 10-15-minute walk.
The garden opens at 7:30 to 18:00 from March to October and 8:30 to 17:00 from November to February. It has no closing days. Admission fee is 400 Yen.
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