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IN A FEW WORDS

A beautiful 17th century landscape garden

DESCRIPTION

Suizen-ji Park

400¥ 7:30 - 18:00

Suizen-ji Park was originally built in 1632 as a private tea house for the Lord of the Hosokawa clan, named after a Buddhist Temple which was previously located on the site. The garden was laid out following the principles set on the Momoyama period (late 16th century) and it is considered as one of the four most beautiful gardens, thanks to its scenic beauty.

It is said that Lord Hosokawa chose the site because of the excellent quality of the water, which was perfect for preparing tea. According to popular folklore, drinking water from the Choju spring located in the park makes one life's longer.

The garden has been open to the public since the 19th century and it's a much visited venue, especially during the cherry blossom season. Its scenery is comprised of well-trimmed shrubs and pine trees, small ponds with hundreds of multi-colored carps, a small shrine where members of the Hosokawa clan are enshrined and a tea house which was brought from the < href="http://www.japantripplanner.com/places/Kansai/Nijo-Area.html">Kyoto Imperial Palace.

HOW TO GET THERE

Option 1


JR Kumamoto Station

JR Hohi Line
5 min. 200¥ Railpass

Shin Suizen-ji Station



railpass



Option 2


JR Kumamoto Station

Kumamoto Tram Route A
30 min. 150¥

Suizenji Koen Station



aroundMOVE AROUND

Suizen-ji Park can be reached in a short walk from the tram station and in a 10 minute walk from the train station.

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