If you visit Kanagawa prefecture such as Yokohama or Kamakura, here is worth to visit! Sankeien is a traditional and typical Japanese-style garden designed and landscaped by Sankei Hara (his real name was Tomitaro Hara), a wealthy businessman in the silk trade. He reconstructed buildings of historic importance from places such as Kyoto and Kamakura in this garden, which was opened to the public as “Sankeien” in 1906.
In the garden, whose surface extends to 175000 square miters, seventeen old buildings of high historic value are skillfully arranged in harmony with the seasonal changes of the natural scenery. The Second World War caused great damage, and in 1953 the property was transferred from the Hara family to the care of the Sankeien Hoshokai foundation. Restoration works were carried out, and five years later, Sankeien had nearly recovered its former appearance.
As you stroll through the park you will find bridges, streams, small waterfalls, bamboo groves, and ponds. The house that Hara and his family lived in (Kakushokaku) is huge; a sprawling, flat dwelling with dozens of spacious, interconnected Tatami rooms, overlooking a private green lawn.
In late March or early April, the cherry blossoms (Sakura) are in full bloom. In July and August, there is a pond just inside the entrance that is bursting with the beauty of thousands of Japanese pink lotus blossoms. In late autumn, you can enjoy the changing color of the leaves. In winter, plum blossoms (Ume) start to bloom in mid to late February; nature’s way of telling the Japanese people that winter is almost over.
The easiest way to access the garden is by bus. Buses leave from several spots in Yokohama such as Yokohama station, Sakuragicho station or Motamachi Chukagai (China Town) station. Get off at “Honmoku Sankeien Mae” bus stop. Interesting? Please check it out!