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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5.03 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)
5.04 weeks ago
An amazing smaller park. Meticulous care is taken of all the grounds and plants. Many small crabs live along the path
4.0in the last week
A relatively small garden park for viewing blossom for plum trees or cherry trees in season. It still has the basic Japanese garden elements and feels very peaceful if you take your time to walk around.
4.0a week ago
Pretty garden to get away from the main city area. Worth a visit to feed the fish and take in the views
5.0a month 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.
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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