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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5.04 months ago
Really huge and pretty park off the main part of Kumamoto, but easily assessable via the local tram. Was there in mid Feb and there were some signs of flowers blossoming. Unfortunately, weather wasn't too pleasing when I was there as it was raining. Can only imagine how majestic it would look if it was sunny. Definitely recommend a visit when weather is nice.
5.08 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!
5.09 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!
5.010 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.
4.07 months ago
A beautiful garden that is set with phenomenally scenic views! The pond has a plentiful amount of fish and ducks to enjoy. It is easy to lose track of time and to just get lost in the quiet, beauty and to enjoy the relaxation. I highly recommend that if you’re in Kumamoto that you make Suizenji Jojuen Garden a priority to visit.
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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