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Location: Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture

Area: 60,275 sq m (15 acres)

Founded: in 1632



A Magnificent Feeling of Nature as You Stroll around the Park 

Suizenji Park is a landscape garden in the go-round style located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu.

Landscape gardens in the go-round style were designed so that visitors, as they walk around the garden, could enjoy changing scenery.

At Suizenji Park, the garden was landscaped to give the impression of views seen when traveling along the Tokaido, the old highway between Kyoto and Edo (present-day Tokyo) that had been used since the 12th century. The extensive grounds cover an area of 60,275 square meters (about 15 acres), with the lakes and streams alone accounting for 11,880 square meters (about 3 acres).

The lake is fed by pristine spring water from Mt. Aso, an enormous volcano in central Kyushu. At the east of the park, there is Horaitsukiyama which is made to look like Mt. Fuji. Three islands float in the lake and beautifully trimmed pine trees enhance the exquisite scene. Carps live in the lake and birds come to visit: the spot is one of the favorite places for local people to come and relax.

Suizenji Park was formally known as Suizenji Jojuen (Garden of Elegance). The origins of the garden were in 1632, when Tadatoshi Hosokawa, the administrator of Kumamoto, built the Buddhist temple Suizenji. By 1670 the garden had attained its current scale and was named Jojuen.

Photos: Suizenji park (Japan National Tourist Organization)

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