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Sankeien Gardens, Yokohama

Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Garden
Stroll the winding paths of Sankeien Gardens, a traditional Japanese-style garden noted for its historic buildings sprinkled among the ponds and bamboo groves. Built in 1908, the gardens once formed part of a private residence belonging to a wealthy silk trader, and his family house still stands overlooking the other significant pagodas and tea rooms. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the flowered trails and undulating streams, which change with the seasons, adorned with cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant leaves in the early fall. The pond comes to life in summer, when the pink lotus blooms. Add Sankeien Gardens to your Yokohama travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yokohama driving holiday planner.
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  • I have a yearly pass that’s truly one of the treasure of Yokohama. I would would recommend Visiting at different times of year.  more »
  • A beautiful and peaceful garden just south of Yokohama. A little bit off the beaten track, so not as busy as other attractions, but it's well worth a visit. Easy walks around the lake, with...  more »
  • Our cruise was cancelled due to Convid-19 . Trying to fill our time, we decided to venture this garden. Because of the season, there was hardly anything to see. I went up to the pagoda area (pagoda...  more »
  • I’ve only visited here for a friend’s wedding before (which was also lovely) but visiting just for a walk was spectacular on this fine day. The landscape is beautiful and it should be even more enjoyable in the coming season of the blossoming apricots in February/March. It’s astonishing that this property was personally owned and created by a successful businessman which reminded me that Japan used to be the top silk producers in the world in the 1900s. The garden is away from train stations so it would be easier to visit if you have a car.
  • It is a good place for sightseeing! Highly recommend that going here in Winter, it is too hot in summer.
  • I am really amazed to visit this ancient scenic place. Tagore was also invited here. He visited this amazing beautiful place as well. I like to observe the view of this place in every season specially in Autumn and winter.
  • Be sure to stop by the restaurant in the gardens. The food there is amazing. I want to go back just to visit the restaurant. We had their signature noodle dish. It had no meat and looked like bamboo shoots in it. It was so good! Never tasted anything like it. I wish I took a picture of it. I want to go back to Japan just to eat it.
  • Sankeien contains many hisotrical houses and buildings that are recognized as being culturally significant by the government. These buildings were brought to the park from locations all over the Japan, and include a three storied pagoda located high up on a hill deep inside the garden. This pagoda, originally constructed in Kyoto in the mid-1400s, was relocated to Sankei-en in 1914. The entire garden was once the private home of Tomitaro “Sankei” Hara (1869-1939) an extremely wealthy silk merchant. It was opened to the public in 1906. As you stroll through the park you will find bridges, streams, small waterfalls, bamboo groves, and ponds. The house that Hara and his family lived in (Kakushokaku) is huge; a sprawling, flat dwelling with dozens of spacious, interconnected tatami rooms, overlooking a private green lawn.

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