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
Beautiful garden. Very meditative. Could get very touristy if you come at a wrong time. It's not as intricate and elaborate as the Kenroku-en in Kanazawa, but it has its subtle charms.
5.0a month ago
Super peaceful place to visit. Remember to show your tram pass for 10% discount for entrance.
Lotsa signboard in English explaining the structure and history. Definately worth a visit.
5.0a month ago
Had a wonderful time strolling around Suizenji Park during our camper trip. Nearby parking was no problem, even for our bigger sized vehicle. (parking lot used by tour-busses). @yapfukuoka
5.04 months ago
Very nice and tranquil place to visit. Not busy at all, so very casual to visit. I could buy some fish for and fed the koi, this was fun. There's a really understated shrine there. The gardens are stunning and beautiful to stroll around. I'd definitely recommend visiting this if in town.
4.05 months ago
Calm and tranquil place. Worth a visit and do check out a kimono rental stall just outside the entrance if you want to have a Japanese experience of a kind. Come in the early morning or late afternoon.
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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