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KRJ wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
Date of experience: November 2019
kokosy wrote a review Feb 2020
Independence,MO31 contributions6 helpful votes
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.…
Date of experience: February 2020
Karen T. Kim wrote a review Feb 2020
52 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
Date of experience: September 2019
rossf976 wrote a review Jan 2020
Fargo, North Dakota131 contributions62 helpful votes
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.…
Date of experience: January 2020
Camper58819988277 wrote a review Jan 2020
Beautiful, peaceful and well kept garden in the midst of a very busy city. Great tea ceremony. Worth the visit by train.
Date of experience: January 2020