Suizenji Jojuen is a traditional Japanese landscape garden that was laid out in the late 1600s. Due to its enormous size of 64 hectares, it is often referred to as Suizenji Park. Originally it was planned by Prince Hosokawa Tadatoshi to enjoy tea there in peace Its name comes from a former Buddhist temple there, while the garden now houses a Shinto shrine in which the Hosokawa family is buried.
The garden is supposed to represent the 53 stations of the old Tokaido Street, a former trade route that ran between Tokyo and Kyoto. The highlight is the miniature representation of Mount Fuji, as well as a reduced form of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. The tea house there originally comes from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and is open to the public.
The Suizenji Jojuen is located in the city of Kumamoto on the southern main island of Kyushu and, along with the Kumamoto Castle, is one of the city's main attractions.
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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