Sankeien Gardens

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Sankeien Gardens
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A building having high value historically removed and rebuilt from Kyoto or Kamakura is located skillfully in the garden for 175,000m2. (ten important cultural properties, three Yokohama-shi designation tangible cultural properties), in the very large land which spread out in southeastern part, Honmoku of Yokohama that overlooked Tokyo Bay, creation was begun from the time in 1902 (Meiji 35) by a
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rossf976
Fargo, ND131 contributions
Jan 2020
Tokyo certainly offers its share of beautiful gardens. Tourists know that. And Tokyo hosts a lot of tourists. The goal of serenity that underpins Japanese garden style can be achieved among a crush of visitors, possibly, if you close your eyes and play flute music through your earbuds.

Or you can take a short rail trip south of Tokyo to Yokohama. Not exactly a suburb, but almost. A half-hour train ride from Shinjuku station and you’ve escaped to the largest industrial port in Japan. Not serene. But you won’t be stopping at the port. You’ll be seeking out Sankeien Garden.

Yokohama also features the country’s greatest Chinatown, and you may want to have lunch there before catching the No. 8 or No. 148 bus to the garden $7/adult). Sankeien is so called because it was built by Hara Sankei, a rich silk merchant, and opened to the public in 1904. To add authentic touches Sankei-san pulled in vintage structures from elsewhere, such as the dominating pagoda, dating from the 1400s. Experience a tea ceremony, tour a gassho style (heavily thatched) house from Hida prefecture, or climb the hill to the pagoda. The garden brings together a little of traditional culture from around the Kanto region, a good introduction if you have no time to go very far beyond Tokyo.

Because, presumably, getting to Sankeien is slightly challenging, it seems to remain more tranquil than the more famous Tokyo gardens. We stopped by in January, perhaps not everyone’s top month for garden visits, but it was only a bit chilly, the pine is always green, something is always blooming, and the waterfowl still frolic.

Sankeien Garden is also a little melancholy. Its scars and ruins over a century call to mind the sad tragedy of Japan through war and natural catastrophe. Structures in the garden are gone or lie in ruins, victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 or, more poignantly, allied bombing during World War II. This faint reminder of Japan’s heritage, a small island nation prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, and military dictatorships, perhaps can be sensed within the soft breeze through the pines and winter-blooming camellia. We can take time to pause and reflect. No earbuds necessary.
Written January 26, 2020
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Karen T. Kim
51 contributions
Sep 2019
we were lucky and saw a guitar concert live in one of the temples on the garden grounds...it's such a beautiful place and slightly off the beaten path in Yokohama. I imagine the fall foliage is also so pretty.
Written February 9, 2020
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KRJ
7 contributions
Nov 2019
A beautiful and peaceful garden just south of Yokohama. A little bit off the beaten track, so not as busy as other attractions, but it's well worth a visit. Easy walks around the lake, with magnificent views of the villas and pagoda.
Written March 8, 2020
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kokosy
Independence,MO31 contributions
Feb 2020
Our cruise was cancelled due to Convid-19 . Trying to fill our time, we decided to venture this garden. Because of the season, there was hardly anything to see. I went up to the pagoda area (pagoda itself was closed) to get a glimpse of the garden from above. Quite barren, but I’m sure it would have been a pretty sight to see in spring, summer and fall.
There was a house that one can enter (shoes off) and see how people live before. It was quite interesting.
Took a bus from Chinatown area and walked probably 15 minutes to the garden . Bus was a flat 220 yen , entrance fee to garden was 700 yen.
Written February 19, 2020
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longesthoneymoon
London, UK18 contributions
Even though I visited on a rainy day, I still was able to enjoy the amazing beauty and tranquility of the gardens. I took the bus from the Yokohama Station which was very easy to do with my Pasmo Card. At the gate I paid the 500yen admission fee and was given an English map of the grounds. The irises were in full bloom and were just spectacular. I would love to visit again in the fall since there were quite a few maple trees. However, I can't imagine a bad time to visit since there is something in bloom every month of the year according to the map I was given.

Don't miss the Sankei Memorial building. There you can find beautiful art and take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Once again I was presented with a English guide on how to partake and enjoy the ceremony. One of the women was fluent in English and was just thrilled to share information about the gardens and the history of the tea ceremony.

I was just about to leave since the rain was really coming down when I ran into a volunteer guide by the name of Teruo. He was an older gentleman full of energy with excellent English. I asked him to share information on the former residence, Kakushokaku. He was thrilled to show me around and even offered to take my picture in front of the building. He volunteers on Wednesdays and can be contacted through the main garden number. I would certainly request him if I were to visit again.

Sankeien Garden is a jem and should not be missed!
Written June 23, 2010
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TravelerConnecticut
Connecticut4 contributions
My husband and I were in Japan in October of 2006 and went to the Sankeien Gardens one day "just as something to do". We were glad we did!! The property is in a beautiful residential neighborhood easily reached by bus. It was originally owned by a wealthy silk merchant and his family. We spent a couple of hours walking throughout the grounds and looking at some of the wonderful old architecture that Japan is noted for. If I could plan a trip again, I would go in the spring when more flowers, etc would be in bloom.
Written January 18, 2007
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Soumitro Neogi
Kolkata (Calcutta), India173 contributions
Aug 2019
Reaching the garden : On reaching Sakuragicho ( JR line ) station , went to bus stand no : 2 and could choose either bus route no: 8 or 148 . Bus fare JPY 220 ( one way ) and a 20~ 30 mins ride ( depending on traffic ) you reach the last bus stop from where the garden entrance is a 5 ~7 mins walk .
The garden : After purchasing a ticket ( JPY 700 /adult ) at the counter , the ticket is scanned at the entrance and then one can choose to either take a leisurely walk around the garden or go along with an English speaking guide ( free of charge ) .
The landscaping of the garden with a big lake in the middle is mesmerizing. Since I visited during summer time , the garden was filled with lush green trees and small bridges leading to a few Japanese style houses which adds to the beauty of the place. After a walk , just relaxing by the lake (which has ducks and plenty of fishes), - the tranquility will refresh you immediately .
A must visit place , while in Yokohama
Written August 12, 2019
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Charles C
Colorado Springs, CO406 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We decided to revisit the Sankien Gardens plan on Tuesday morning since we missed them on Sunday. The gardens don’t open until 0900 and five of us (Pam, Sue, Judy, CL and myself) jumped in one of those great Toyota Alfard taxis right from Osanbashi Terminal. About 2500 YEN later, yes, 2500 YEN for the 5 of us. We were at Sankien Gardens. (Note that the Princess 2 hour tour was $70 per person.) The taxi was not $100 as told by the destination lecturer.

700YEN per person entry fee into the gardens was a bargain. We spent 3 hours wandering the gardens and the exhibits having CL translate the Kanji for us just for fun – almost everything had English translations as well, but having him translate the characters directly was pretty cool. The gardens were not crowded at all, but did have several wedding picture parties. The formal wedding kimonos were incredibly colorful, detailed and beautiful. The brides radiant and beautiful. The koi in the pond were a lot of fun to feed and watch. All of us were cheering on the turtles trying to get a piece of bread before the swarming koi got it. Unfortunately they were not successful. The koi invariably got all the bread.

Incredible pictures of an egret stalking and spearing an insect. Japanese and Chinese gardens, as explained by CL, are not botanical gardens exhibiting flowering plants. Rather they are islands of peace and serenity with everything strategically and deliberately placed to promote a unique view from every perspective. This was a private garden at one time and I can see how this would have been a unique and beautiful oasis for the family back in the day. There are refreshments (including beer) and toilets with the incredibly technologically advanced, AND CLEAN, stalls – including the electronic running water sound to encourage one to get the job done. All in all, a great and inexpensive way to spend a couple of hours in Yokohama.
Written November 24, 2018
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Beaucaillou
Germany1,359 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The day we visit there had exposition of Azalea Bonsai and popular month of wedding.Bonsai is not any more new to overseas countries, but bonsai with Azalea is rare.Month of May is most beautiful season of Azalea in Japan, so one can see them often in the park or temple but Azalea in Bonsai is very special. And month of June and October is popular season for Japanese wedding, so if you happen to visit San Kei En garden in these months, you may have luck to see wedding couple in Japanese kimono wedding gowns. Wedding gown couple can be seen by accident but flower season is up-dated in San Kei En garden’s web side, so check it out before you go. Also it is highly recommend to taste classical Japanese snack of miso-dengaku (warm conjac with sweet miso paste) and tokoroten (agar-agar in mixture of soy sauce and vinegar)at one of their cafes in the premises. Because they are so common food at home meal, it is rare to find cafes to serve those in town. It is easier to take a local bus from Yokohama station but highly recommend to ask the driver(they do understand some English) the right stop to get off as there is 2 bus stop to enter San kei en gardens, and one of them is far from main entrance.
Written August 26, 2016
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209Elena
Las Vegas, NV366 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
A very special place! Gorgeous and specious traditional gardens, full of history ! Walk around, have some tea with mochi, visit farmer's house and all the other structures.. Its not paved there, gravel, so flats for ladies are recommended. We saw turtles, birds, carps..A very zen place, you will see wedding ceremonies there , entrance fee about $5. We took a taxi from our hotel , less than $18 from Yamashita Park area, 10 min rude or, so depending on traffic. Must see in Yokohama.
Written June 9, 2016
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