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Suizenji Koen
Suizenji Koen

Suizenji Koen

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Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
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Bellevue, Washington, USA

While Kumamoto Castle is the most well known attraction in Kumamoto, Suizen-ji Jōju-en (Suizenji Park) was an unexpected surprise that won my heart. I have been to a couple of Japanese gardens before. Most notably the one in Portland, but not to one in Japan until my visit here. And there is no comparison, Suizenji is absolutely on another level.

Suizenji Park is a few stops away on the Kumamoto Tram from Kumamoto Castle so it would make for a good add-on spot when visiting this city. After getting off the Tram, you will need to walk a couple blocks through a residential area to get to the park. In front of the park entrance, you will see a number of Kumamoto souvenir shops selling plenty of Kumamon (city mascot) merchandise.

Admission to the garden is 400 yen, though there is a discount if you bought a Kumamoto Tram day pass.

What makes Suizenji stand out is the scale of the park. It is huge and pristine with the pond being the standout attraction of this garden. The grounds here are a work of art in that it is so well taken care of. I visited in late November so I was able to see this park in all of its glory displayed in the colors of fall.

Suizenji is definitely the place in Kumamoto I would come to reflect and relax. Very peaceful place to visit. There is a shrine located on the premises which adds to the zen feel of the garden.

Kumamoto Castle may have be your main reason for visiting Kumamoto, but Suizenji Park is not to be missed. Especially if you are a fan of Japanese gardens. It is a small piece of tranquility in Kumamoto amidst urban development.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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This garden area is within walking distance of Kumamoto Castle. From the front entrance, the area to the back and to the right tend to be a bit quieter than rest of the garden. A quick walk-around should take 10-20 minutes, but a leisurely stroll would be more appropriate.

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