Suizenji Jojuen is a traditional Japanese landscape garden that was established in the late 1600s. The 64-hectare garden is as large as a park, which is why some may also refer to it as Suizenji Jojuen Park. Its current location was once the site of a temple built by Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi in the year 1632. Suizenji Garden was built by his grandson several years later. It was designed to represent the 53 stations of the old Tokaido highway that ran between Kyoto and Tokyo. Suizenji Garden is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot during spring.
The exquisite garden includes a lush green version of a mini Mt. Fuji and a replica of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Within the garden compounds, you can also find Izumi Shrine, a Noh stage, the Kokin-Denju-no-Ma teahouse, as well as many tranquil spots to sit and relax. The Kokin Denju-no-ma teahouse was originally situated within Kyoto's Imperial Palace and was moved here in 1912.
One of the city's top sightseeing spots, Suizenji Gardens is the site for many seasonal events and festivities — such as the annual cherry blossom festival and the Noh performances held during spring and autumn.
30-minute tram ride from JR Kumamoto Station to Suizenji Koen tram stop
10-minute walk from JR Shin-Suizenji Station
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