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Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Ranked #2 of 160 things to do in Kumamoto
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Owner description: The Japanese garden I started to make than 1963. In area of about 73,000 square meters and it is a compact in which it is said that Japan's largest garden, rich in spring water from Mt. Aso, and has created a world of different dimension to the urban space. Landscape, is also said to have reproduced the landscape of the Tokaido, including Fuji Gojusantsugi.
Reviewed 2 November 2013

The garden has hardly anything to offer that uncountable Japanese gardens around the country don't have. With one exception - those strange "hills" which I found totally misplaced

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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Another Japanese garden developed around a famous tea garden. Take the blue line tram getting off at number 18 (Suizenji Park), follow the road back about 50 metres in the direction the tram came from and bear right for about 150 metre and then entre a small shopping area which leads directly to the gardens. Entry Fee Yen 400. Large pond to walk around with Koi Carp and Trout. The garden is well maintained and plenty to sit and admire. A miniature Mt Fuji is a central feature of the gardens together with its large pond / small lake.

4  Thank ichibanwanderer
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

It's a very beautiful and well maintained park. it has a huge pond in the middle of with a lot a fish. they provide an access to the pond so visitors can interact directly with the fish, feed and touch them. Unfortunately they didn't provide any fish-food for sell, or maybe I missed them but it's possible to feed them with bread crumbs or other stuff.
There is a big shrine with spring water that is very fresh. in the shrine they sell luck-charms and the shop keeper is a miko, a shinto priestess, wearing their trade mark white and red clothes. There is also a smaller shrine with rows of red gates, a tea house and a noh house.
The access is very easy, just take the tram from Kumamoto station and stop at the suzenjikoenmae stop then walk for about ten minutes. The direction mark is a little bit hard to find but you can always ask local residents for help. On the entrance of the park there are many shops and one famous manjyu shop where you can buy a fresh from the pan manjyu, traditional confectionery, and you will also receive a complimentary ocha, Japanese tea, it's a good option for breakfast before entering the garden or for break after enjoying it.
The park is also famous as a family photography spot, and it's reasonable considering the beautiful scenery.
It's one of the spot, along with the castle, that is very close to the center of the town and should be visited whilst in Kumamoto.

1  Thank Irwan_Laming
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Other than Kumamoto Castle, another attraction in Kumamoto is Suizenji Koen. It’s gorgeous garden built by samurai for tea retreat. It is now recognized as UNESCO for best kept landscape. Just walking distance from tram and JR station.

The residents in Kumamoto are very friendly and helpful. Once I asked the direction to the park, a senior uncle directly brought me there instead of showing me the direction. There is no locker at the entrance, but the owner of the coffee shop allowed us to keep our luggage on their shop and promised safeguard for us. (And it’s free of charge!!!!) The coffee shop owner is responsible for our luggage and enabled us to have the leisure time to enjoy the landscape without carrying any burden. Besides, the owner never hard sell her commodities to us neither persuade us to spend on the shop. Never. She smile and friendly from the beginning to the end of our visitation.

Kumamoto not only brilliant for nature like Mt Aso, heritage like Kumamoto Castle & Suizenji Park. There’s a unique cuisine found in most of the Izakayas, horse meat. It’s tasty and must try.

3  Thank Joygarden
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We travelled by tram out to the Gardens. Had to ask a local shop for directions as it was not easy to find. The gardens are very peaceful and green. Only took about 90 minutes to leisurely walk around and take photographs.

1  Thank downunder2207
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