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DublinKH wrote a review May 2019
Dublin, Ohio929 contributions88 helpful votes
There is a small museum in this garden. This was made in 1688 and over 1500 pine trees and many kinds of flowers. There is also a nice restaurant and you can enjoy Japanese foods.
Date of experience: May 2019
Gary B wrote a review Jul 2015
Pretoria, South Africa246 contributions60 helpful votes
Very tranquil and relaxing garden. We really enjoyed the layout of the garden, small is beautiful. Just a good place to chill, for an hour.
Date of experience: July 2015
kobekko wrote a review May 2014
Kobe93 contributions93 helpful votes
A very enjoyable garden, and it offers a few attractive features that Adachi Museum’s garden does not.
As the photographs show, this Japanese garden is quite attractive. One of its attractions is the feeling that you get, while strolling along its passes. Put it bluntly, it is the feeling of you being the master of the garden. This feeling comes from two factors. For one, the garden is rather compact, and you can survey the whole garden easily. The other factor is the scarcity of other visitors, who could be unwelcome destructions for serene stroll in the garden. Few visitors to famous Japanese gardens experience such a feeling, because just about every famous one attracts a fair number of tourists, and it sets certain restrictions to ensure their orderly viewing. Adachi Museum’s garden is a good case in point. This garden is made famous by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, an American publication. The journal publishes the ranking of “best” Japanese gardens every year, and Adachi Museum’s garden has been ranked first for consecutive years. However, ordinary visitors to this garden are allowed only to enjoy its beauty through glass windows of the museum. In other words, visitors are not allowed to step into the garden, or even to open the windows.. What is garden to you? For me, it is a “cultural playground.” I have come up with this definition in conjunction with my cultural study, but here is not the place to explain the whole logic. In brief, though, “cultural” indicates that each garden is a representation of the cultural environment that its creator wanted. As such, it is certainly not made for popularity contests, ever. Who would dare to set ranking among classical music pieces or among French masters’ paintings? “Playground” suggests that one’s interaction with the garden matters a great deal. You may ask: what interaction one makes with the stone garden of Ryoanji Temple, for example? This garden was designed to foster the serenity and meditation that Zen Budhhists wish to immerse themselves, and that is the intended interaction with the garden. If one accepts the above argument, then the absurdity of ranking Japanese gardens, or any type of gardens for that matter, is obvious. This garden’s obscurity in the national garden-scape may be attributed to several factors. One factor is geographical, being situated in Marugame City in Shikoku Island, neither of which comes into the mainstream of tourism in Japan. Touristically speaking, it is also overshadowed by the famous neighbor; i.e., Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu City. All the more, I would encourage the readers to pay a visit to this garden, if any suitable opportunity arises. I also hope that the visitors can experience the feeling of being the master of the garden, which I have never had anywhere else. In the small print, I should caution that the entrance fee is rather high, at about USD10.00 (in comparison, Ritsurin Park charges only USD4.00), although discount coupon is said to be available in the city centre. This entrance fee may be driving many would-be visitors away, and that in return allows the few discerning visitors the rare privacy of strolling through an authentic Japanese garden that was once the private domain of a feudal lord and his privileged guests and family members. So, do enjoy!…
Date of experience: April 2014
Mish_H50 wrote a review Aug 2013
Japan386 contributions201 helpful votes
This is a little out of the way (and the entrance to the parking must be the strangest) but the garden is worth it. The museum displays were not very interesting or well presented in my opinion, but the garden was everything we as foreigners imagine when we think of a typical Japanese garden. Skip the museum buildings and just stroll around. Dont miss the umbrella shaped pine tree !…
Date of experience: August 2013
diaber wrote a review Aug 2012
Paris146 contributions101 helpful votes
First of all, the real name of the garden is Nakazu Bansho Park named after a framed calligraphy "Banshoen" which means "all things in the Universe" which this garden is said to possess. The garden is ornamented by natural pine trees growing on the white sand and an artificial scenery of Lake Biwa which has eight islands (see picture). They are connected by bridges to make a route to go around the garden. The entrance fee seemed a bit expensive (1000yen) but we really liked the walk and therefore recommend to visit it.…
Date of experience: August 2012