Japanese-style garden where seasonal landscapes and historical buildings perfectly match
This Japanese style garden was built by
Sankei Hara, a Yokohama merchant who had accumulated his wealth from Meiji to
Taisho period. In 175 thousand square meters, there are
seventeen historically significant constructions relocated here from Kyoto and
Kamakura. The landscape perfectly matches every of four seasons.
Well-informed volunteers are always here, they can tell about the
history of buildings as well as advise places to see. Check at the reception
about English speaking volunteers, as their number did increase recently, but
you cannot book beforehand, though.
the center of Yokohama city. Outer garden, that we step into first, was opened
for public in 1906. With the garden’s uphill’s and downhills, it will take more
than one hour to walk through, so come in an appropriate time.
We move further into the inner garden, the Hara family’s private garden.
Now we can enjoy the area itself with the Rinshunkaku, the private residence of
Hara family, in the center, and with its various landscapes.
Best time to see autumn leaves is mid-November to mid-December. It looks
beautiful with red leaves, of course, but the way how fallen red leaves cover
the ground and river also worth seeing.
In the lobby of the Sankei Memorial that is just near the entrance you
will find a tea space and will be served an authentic tea-ceremony. The master
will also give a proper explanation about tea-making, so try it if you are
Even if it is your first experience, a tea-ceremony master will guide
you through. You don’t have to seat in
a Japanese style, because there are special seats.
The three-story pagoda, a symbol of Sankei-en garden, was relocated here
from Kyoto Tomyo-ji temple. It stands on a small hill, so from below it you can
view the whole area.
The former Yanohara House, a historical building, was brought here from
Shirakawa-go (Gifu Prefecture), an area listed among the World Heritage sites.
It is the only building whose interior is open to the public (9:00 am to 4:30
This is how it looks like inside. An original hearth is furnished every
day, so black pillars and the smell of smoke make us experience the life of
There are three cafes in-house,
so you can have some snacks or tea. The photo shows “Sankei wan
(bowl)” in Sankei-en Tea House. It is a small-size Japanese soba topped
with freshly fried shrimp, nameko and wakame. We recommend it for those who
wish to try each.
Pretty «Sanshoku dango» (three-color dumpling) is namagashi
confectionary with bean paste, walnut and sesame. Try this one when you need a
short break after walking.
There is an English menu at Sankei-en
Shop/Spot nameSankei garden
AddressKanagawa prefecture Yokohama city Naka-ku Honmoku Sannoya 58-1
Business hours9 o'clock - 17 o'clock (entrance is until 30 minutes before closing)
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