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三溪園 Sankeien Gardens

  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
  • Around Yokohama
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  • ClosedNew Year Holidays

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District
Around Yokohama
Address
58-1 Hommoku Sannotani, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0824, Japan
Category
  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
Opening Hours
9:00-17:00(Reception closing 16:30)
Closed
New Year Holidays
Website
http://www.sankeien.or.jp/en-about/index.html
Tel.
+81-45-621-0634
Date of post:2015/06/15

Off the beaten path but worth visiting

  • Walking

Sankeien Garden is located in Yokohama, and it was a private residential area of a successful businessman Hara Sankei who led the silk trade and industry in the early 20th century. He was also a collector of antiquities and old buildings. In addition, he was a painter, calligrapher and Japanese tea master.

The garden has been open to the public for over 100 years and has drawn many tourists. It consists of the outer and inner gardens, several ponds, 17 traditional Japanese buildings including a three-story pagoda. Some of the buildings were transferred from Kyoto and Kamakura, and designated later as important cultural properties. One of the notable buildings is the A-frame house with a thatched roof. It was transferred from Shirakawago in Gifu prefecture, which is now a World heritage site of Japan. This is the only building which is open to the public within the garden (9:00-16:00), and the farming utensils and traditional Japanese iori-fireplace are displayed.

The traditional buildings are not only attractions here; if you like flowers, you have lots more to see. Depending on the seasons, you can enjoy various kinds of flowers. Cherry blossoms, wisteria and azalea in spring to summer, hydrangea and lotus in summer, wild chrysanthemum and changing colour of trees in autumn, and camellia in winter. They are some of the examples, but you’ll find more flowers and plants. The most famous flower out of these is lotus flower. They are in full bloom from the mid to the end of July, and the lotus garden is open on the weekend and the one national holiday during the period. The founder of the garden Mr. Hara especially loved lotus flowers for the reason that they grow and appear beautifully from muddy ponds, which is often compared to a person of virtue or the image of wisdom and mercy in Buddhism. Not to change the subject, but the lotus flower is a symbol of Buddhism, you will see lots of lotus images at temples.

There are also some events throughout the year, such as Bonsai exhibition, viewing fireflies at night and moon viewing. This garden houses a museum too, which the Japanese artifacts collected from all over Japan by Mr. Hara.

The access to the garden could be better, as it’s located a bit far from the other touristic places in Yokohama, but this garden will never let you down.

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: 29-31 December
Price: Adult ¥500 (JPY) / Child ¥200 (JPY)

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