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Sankei-en Review

Opened to the public in 1906, this was once the estate and gardens of Tomitaro Hara (1868–1939), one of Yokohama's wealthiest men, who made his money as a silk merchant before becoming a patron of the arts. On the extensive grounds of the estate he created is a kind of open-air museum of traditional Japanese architecture, some of which was brought here from Kamakura and the western part of the country. Especially noteworthy is Rinshun-kaku, a villa built for the Tokugawa clan in 1649. There's also a tea pavilion, Choshu-kaku, built by the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu. Other buildings include a small temple transported from Kyoto's famed Daitoku-ji and a farmhouse from the Gifu district in the Japan Alps (around Takayama).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 58–1 Honmoku San-no-tani, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken, 231-0824 | Map It
  • Phone: 045/621–0634
  • Cost: Inner garden ¥300, outer garden ¥300, farmhouse ¥100
  • Hours: Inner garden daily 9–4, outer garden and farmhouse daily 9–4:30
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  • Subway: JR Keihin Tohoku line to Negishi Station and a local bus (number 58, 99, or 101) bound for Honmoku; Yokohama Station (East Exit) and take the bus (number 8 or 148) to Honmoku Sankei-en Mae (the trip will take about 35 mins)
  • Location: Yokohama
Updated: 08-19-2013

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