Suizen-ji Jōju-en

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Suizen-ji Jōju-en
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Suizen-ji Jōju-en
TypeJapanese garden
LocationKumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Coordinates32°47′28″N 130°44′05″E / 32.791092°N 130.734594°E / 32.791092; 130.734594Coordinates: 32°47′28″N 130°44′05″E / 32.791092°N 130.734594°E / 32.791092; 130.734594

Suizen-ji Jōju-en (水前寺成趣園) is a tsukiyama[1] Japanese garden located within (Suizen-ji Park (水前寺公園, Suizen-ji Kōen)) in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The main tsukiyama is a representation of Mount Fuji. Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi began construction of the garden in 1636 as a tea retreat. The park was named after a no-longer-extant Buddhist temple called Suizen-ji, and now hosts the Izumi Shrine, where members of the Hosokawa family are enshrined, and a Nōgaku-dō, a Noh theater. Lord Hosokawa selected this site because of its spring-fed pond, which clean water was excellent for tea.[2] The thatched Kokin-Denju-no-Ma teahouse was originally in Kyoto's Imperial Palace, but was moved here in 1912.

The garden has been declared by the national government a historic site of scenic beauty.

Suizenji Park[edit]

Suizenji Kōen is an interesting and much visited venue, featuring miniature landscapes, a temple and small lakes containing large, hungry, and multi-coloured carp. It is a short tram ride from the city. Nearby, there are many souvenir and snack shops.

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The pond 26. Oct. 1978


  1. ^ Tsukiyama gardens are Japanese gardens featuring an artificial mountain (a tsukiyama).
  2. ^ "Pylant, Don D. Japanese Gardening Organization - Suizenji Park". Botanysaurus. 2001-10-11. Archived from the original on 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2008-07-23.



Mansfield, Stephen (2011). Japan's Master Gardens - Lessons in Space and Environment (Hardback). Tokyo, Rutland, Singapore: Tuttle. ISBN 978-4-8053-1128-8.