Suizenji Jojuen Garden, Kumamoto

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With a lush rolling landscape and fresh clear waters filled with colorful carp, Suizenji Jojuen Garden remains a welcoming sanctuary and authentic example of a traditional Japanese garden. Originally constructed in 1636, the gardens gradually grew to include the Izumi Shrine, a Noh theater, and Kokin-Denju-no-Ma teahouse. The landscaping is said to represent the 53 stations of "Tokaido," a well-known route between Edo and Kyoto. Stroll through delicate foliage, across hills and along the edge of ponds, observing the beauty of the miniature Mount Fuji, a landmark at the heart of the park. Arrange to visit Suizenji Jojuen Garden and other attractions in Kumamoto using our Kumamoto trip maker tool .
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  • A lovely place to spend a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon just wandering around to enjoy the art of traditional Japanese gardens.  more »
  • The Suizenji gardens are extremely tranquil and beautifully manicured, great for a morning walk with the kids. There is a teahouse (paid) facing the lake which you can sit down and enjoy the view. Kid...  more »
  • Went for the first time after the quake, but the temporary ponds of water is significantly reduced, was tough, but also water and back to the pleasant garden had become. If you go to the winter excellent foliage.
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  • Nice little park in the city that doesn't take long to explore. Manicured gardens with coi ponds. Tea ceremony available. A few shops for memorabilia and restaurants by the entrance. Built in the 17th century as a tea garden, it also comes with a temple. 400 yen entrance fee.
  • Eagerly anticipated visit to the Suizenji Jojuen Garden turned out to be a bit of a letdown. The scale and landscape of the garden were less impressive than all the hype about it being one of the best gardens in Japan, would suggest.The pond is really shallow. Still, it was a pleasant 45-minute stroll along a scenic route.
  • Very nice garden, definitely worth the visit. Best in Japan is an overstatement.
  • Lovely miniature circular garden with undulating landscape of various shades of green in early autumn. This Momoyama style garden took about 80 years to build. There are many coloured koi in the fresh cold spring water pond ranging from golden, white, red, orange and its natural grey colour. There are also two majestic places of worship, Izumi Shinto Shrine And Inari Shrine with it multiple torii gates. Beautiful!
  • I've never seen a garden quite like Suizenji Jojuen Garden- it is so beautiful! The hills are yellow at this point in the year, but the contrast of the yellowed grass against the immaculately shaped trees was just stunning. The water in the natural spring pond is so clear and you'll see plenty of ducks and big koi fish having a swim about in the water. There is a small entrance fee to go into the garden- if you have a 1 day tram pass you will be able to get a 10% discount off the admission price!

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By far the majority of the accommodations in Kumamoto lie to the east and south of the main park containing the castle. Ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels, and even luxury guesthouses (traditional "ryokan," with onsite spas), the accommodations of this central district are spread fairly evenly between the park and Shirakawa River. Many visitors to Kumamoto opt to stay further to the west along one of the peninsulas that jut out into Shimabara Bay.
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