A short tram ride southeast of Kumamoto Castle is Kumamoto's other must-see sight - Suizenji Garden.
This beautiful strolling garden and tea arbor was built over a period of 80 years from 1632 by three successive Hosokawa feudal lords.
The centerpiece of this Momoyama-style garden is the pond which is fed by pure, underground streams from nearby Mt. Aso.
The layout of the garden represents the 53 Stations of the old Tokaido highway from Kyoto to Tokyo.
The garden contains an instantly recognizable, miniature Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa, Izumi Shrine (dedicated to the ancestors of the Hosokawa clan), an Inari Shrine, a Noh stage (with Noh performances in spring and fall), a statue of the garden's creator Tadatoshi Hosokawa and a classical teahouse.
Suizenji Garden takes about 30-40 minutes to walk but is also a favorite spot for cherry blossom viewing or just sitting and relaxing in general.
8-1 Suizenji Koen Kumamoto City
Tel: 096 383 0074
Admission 400 Yen
Access: Tram or train to Shin Suizenji Station on the Hohi Main Line.
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Monday, April 02, 2007