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
Beautiful garden even in summer. A kimono rental shop with cheap price is nearby so we rented it and go around the garden. It will be more beautiful in spring / autumn though but it is still beautiful in summer. Love it. Entry fee 400 yen (included when we rent kimono)
5.03 weeks ago
Witnessing not everyday events at this special garden. The day we visited happened to be the big day for a newly wed couple. Tourists had the opportunity to feast their eyes on the traditional attire and practices of the shy couple.
5.03 months ago
I love the place. There are very few people at 2 in the afternoon,so it is quiet and I don't have to fight for photo spot. You have to pay,but you can get a discount with a lot different kind of pass.
4.0a week ago
Mesmerising view. Worth travelling here just to breathe in some fresh air. Recommend buying some snacks from the stores nearby so you can feed koi fishes in the pond.
5.04 weeks ago
The public facilities there are very comfortable and the park itself is very picturesque. Would recommend people to stop by if they every visit Kumamoto .
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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