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“best garden I've ever seen - take your time”

Adachi Museum of Art
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$4,230.00*
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Japan Sakura Tour 11days
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Yasugi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed April 6, 2011

I've seen 2 of Japan's 'top 3' gardens but this one beats both in attention to detail and layout - on top of that there is a very nice museum included as part of the deal.
Firstly the museum - the building itself is quite unassuming but planned perfectly to showcase the garden. The exhibits, from magnificent lacquer to traditional scrolls, modern ceramics & paintings are very good and there are two very comfortable cafe type eateries with simple but good food all enjoying wonderful views of the garden & a tea house if you wish to partake in matcha tea in traditional surroundings.
On the whole you can't walk in or through the garden but there are sections where you do go outside the building to see parts of it. But the best vistas are seen from strategically placed huge windows throughout the building where you can enjoy and photograph this work of art without the dstraction of people wandering into your line of sights.
I visited in March when there was a little snow on the ground and next to nothing flowering, but the garden was still spectacular and I hope to get back someday to see it with the colour of the flowers giving it a different look.
We travelled from Matsue by local train to connect with the free shuttle from the museum, both about 20 minutes if I have my facts straight, and it was an easy uncomplicated trip.

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Reviewed November 8, 2010

I can not understand how anyone could rate this less than 5 stars. Although, It is very tough to get to when compared to the main sites on a regular tour of Japan. It took us 2.5 hours of train travel--both ways--plus 20 min shuttle, plus wait times to pay the most expensive garden entry fee in all of Japan (even at the current half price rate for foreigners), but I would have paid twice as much and spent days getting to it. It was without a doubt the best garden I have ever seen.

We were the only Gaijin I saw all day and the place was rather crowded which might be avoided if went at opening because everyone there seemed to be on a tour bus.

Apparently, there are 7 gardeners working 14 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week on this garden and all of the staff (waitresses, ticket takers, etc) meet in the morning--every morning--before opening to help prepare the garden, but it looks like they would need a staff of 100s to keep it looking like it does...

If you have any desire to see Japanese Gardens then this is a must see.

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