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.
Secluded Front gate is so calm and peaceful that you never tell it is in 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 interested.
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 4:30pm).
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 bygone days.
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 Tea House!