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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5.0in the last week
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)
5.04 weeks 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.
4.03 weeks ago
Beautiful garden. But too small. There are better gardens elsewhere in Japan. Visit if you have nothing to do
3.0in the last week
Very nice view. Good place to take photo
5.03 months ago
A very nice park. ¥400 admission to get in but very well maintained. You can also enjoy matcha green tea and a sweet in the tea garden.
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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