Suizenji Garden, dating from the 17th century, is a stroll garden with a huge spring water pond. The whole garden was designed to represent the scenery from the Tokaido, the old foot highway linking Tokyo and Kyoto with 53 stations. The pond was meant to be Lake Biwa, the largest lake in the country, and the small hill is easily recognizable as Mount Fuji. Spring waters flows up everywhere in the garden.
Kumamoto City, hosting this garden, is well known that the entire water supply for its one million residents depends on underground water streaming from Mount Aso. The park's name Suizenji derives from a temple located in the ancient times, whose name literally means 'the temple in front of water'. The adjacent Izumi Shrine, famous for its horseback archery in April and October, also takes its name from the Japanese word 'spring water'.
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5.0a week ago
Extraordinary garden which is in perfect condition and a real Japanese experience. The entrance fee is absolutely fair for what awaits you inside. We can recommend having a Matcha in the traditional tea house and enjoy the view on the lovely lake. Great Japanese remembrance!
5.04 months ago
Beautiful park to visit during cherry blossom season. Thanks to the festival admission was free. Lots to see in the park and makes for a wonderful walk and relaxing area. Surrounding t are nice little activity booths as well as stalls. Outside of it are areas for nice food and other shopping including a duty free shop.
4.0a month ago
Enjoyed Suizenji, but it was spoiled by a very rude old man selling oranges inside the garden. Just walking by and he was yelling "no photo!" Terrible for a tourist spot, especially when you have to pay to get in. Don't give him any business. He doesn't deserve it.
5.02 months ago
Lovely quiet park. Get your entrance right! And closing time
5.04 months ago
You have to go here first when you come to Kumamoto. This garden is like a heaven for me, I enjoy this garden so much. If you have time, spend 2-3 hours in here. There are shrine and torii gate as well as sakura cherry blossoms and statue. Interesting!
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After seeing the Kumamoto castle, visit the Suizenji Garden, you will find miniature landscapes such as Mt. Fuji and the Nihon-bashi bridge with spring fed pond.
After seeing the Kumamoto castle, visit the Suizenji Garden, you will find miniature landscapes such as Mt. Fuji and the Nihon-bashi bridge with spring fed pond.Read moreClose