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三溪園 Sankeien Gardens

  • Historical sites
  • Yokohama Chinatown/Yamashita Park/Motomachi
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  • ClosedNew Year Holidays

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Yokohama Chinatown/Yamashita Park/Motomachi
58-1 Hommoku Sannotani, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0824, Japan
  • Historical sites
Opening Hours
9:00-17:00(Reception closing 16:30)
New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/06/15

A typical flower garden off the beaten path

  • 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 attracted 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 the Gifu prefecture, which is now a World heritage site. 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 fireplace are displayed.

The traditional buildings are not the 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 during the Spring and Summer, hydrangea and lotus in the Summer, wild chrysanthemum and changing color of trees in the Fall, and camellia in the Winter are only a few examples.
The most famous flower is the lotus flower. They are in full bloom from the mid to the end of July, and the lotus garden is open during the weekend and the one national holiday during the period. The founder of the garden Mr. Hara especially loved lotus flowers because 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 exhibitions, viewing fireflies at night and moon viewing. This garden houses a museum too, which features 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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