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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5.02 months ago
This garden is so clean and beautiful. Ducks and fishes were swimming in the lake peacefully. We enjoyed our visit to this park because of its serenity.
There are several souvenirs shops before entering the park - mixture of local food, produces and "mini departmental store". There is one more souvenir store before exiting the park.
This store sells local handicrafts.
A must visit park if you are visiting Kumamoto!
4.02 months ago
A beautiful Japanese garden. It's not only a garden but has historic information. One can walk through the garden, feed the fish and duck.drink maccha while enjoying the view of the garden. One can easily spent relaxing one hour enjoying the beautiful scenery.
5.02 months ago
The park is accessible both by tram (A-line) and by bus. We reached there around 420pm. And there’s another 30 minutes before the park close. We grab our chance to enjoy the view in short time. The landscape is great. All the trees being trimmed neatly. Super perfect! The lake also very clean. Amaze how detail they do to the park. Great job!
5.03 months ago
Really pretty, peaceful gardens. It was 400yen per person to enter and well worth it. These are very well maintained gardens. I think it would be better to visit in spring, as the cherry and plum trees would be in blossom. We came on a Friday, around lunch time, and it wasn’t very busy, but as we were leaving a rowdy school group came in so we were lucky to miss them in there! The gardens are very serene and photogenic. Lots of wader birds, koi, and we even caught a glimpse of 2 woodpeckers and a kingfisher - very lucky! A few gift and souvenir shops nearby too.
5.0a month ago
This garden is like a hidden gem in the city. It has a very good and calm environment. The bonsai are neatly cut. Clean pond water with a lot of fishes and ducks swimming around.
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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