Gardens of Kumamoto

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Guard tower at the castle of Kumamoto

I get a lift down the hill from my ryokan to the tram line and get a day ticket for the tram so I can get out and exploring the city. I start out by heading towards the castle where I went yesterday - just outside the gates of the castle is a big old samurai house. I get to the house and the stylish garden around the house. Compared to the samurai houses I saw up in Kanudate this is different - this is how the better rich samurais live. The garden is big by Japanese standards and it is carefully designed to impress the guest coming into the garden.

 

The house got lots of room but like most houses in Japan there is not really a lot of furniture inside the rooms. It is mainly just tattami mats and a few small pieces of furniture.  One great thing about the rooms are the frequent garden access hence it was possible to just open some of the paper walls so you could walk right from the room to the garden. I finish my walk around the house and go back to the exit to pick up my shoes and I head off.

 

I go back and catch a tram to a small garden on the other side of the town. It is one of an old garden which took no less than three generations to complete with different kinds of landscape which is supposed to look like the 53 stations of the Tokiado which used to connect Kyoto and Tokyo. The one station easiest to recognize is a miniature Mount Fuji which is standing high in the middle of the garden. The rest of the garden is really nice to walk around and there is some of water in the garden in a great traditional Japanese manner.

 

Most of the garden is centered around the lakes which are connected by small picturesque bridges and colorful fish swimming in the lakes. There are also a couple of old temples in the garden but they are all places in the outskirts of the garden and the garden is the main thing to see.

 

I am done looking at the garden and wonder what to do next - it looks like it will rain in a little - but I had seen the weather forecast yesterday and apparently the weather should be better at the south tip of the island. And thanks to fast trains and a rail pass it is a manageable distance of less than 200k or about 20 minutes longer than the time it took me to get across town from the samurai house to the garden. Hence it looks like an appealing option and I ready to go.

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House of Hosokawa Gyobutei
House of Hosokawa Gyobutei
House of Hosokawa Gyobutei
House of Hosokawa Gyobutei
House of Hosokawa Gyobutei
Guest room in house of Hosokawa Gy…
Guest room in house of Hosokawa G…
Reception room in the house of Hos…
Reception room in the house of Ho…
The master room in the house of Ho…
The master room in the house of H…
Matrons quater in the house of Hos…
Matrons quater in the house of Ho…
The garden og house of Hosokawa Gy…
The garden og house of Hosokawa G…
The garden og house of Hosokawa Gy…
The garden og house of Hosokawa G…
The garden og house of Hosokawa Gy…
The garden og house of Hosokawa G…
The garden og house of Hosokawa Gy…
The garden og house of Hosokawa G…
The house of Hosokawa Gyobutei
The house of Hosokawa Gyobutei
Entrance to the house of Hosokawa …
Entrance to the house of Hosokawa…
Entrance to shrine
Entrance to shrine
Sacred horse
Sacred horse
Temple in the garden of Suizenji-k…
Temple in the garden of Suizenji-…
Lake at the garden of Suizenji-koen
Lake at the garden of Suizenji-koen
The fish in the lake
The fish in the lake
The fish swimming around in the la…
The fish swimming around in the l…
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-k…
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-…
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-k…
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-…
Toriis at the garden of Suizenji-…
Torii's at the garden of Suizenji…
Mount Fuji in the garden of Suizen…
Mount Fuji in the garden of Suize…
The other side of Mount Fuji in th…
The other side of Mount Fuji in t…
The hills in the garden of Suizenj…
The hills in the garden of Suizen…
Lake in the garden of Suizenji-koen
Lake in the garden of Suizenji-koen
Lake in the garden of Suizenji-koen
Lake in the garden of Suizenji-koen
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-k…
Temple at the garden of Suizenji-…
Bridge across the lake
Bridge across the lake
Bridges across the lake.
Bridges across the lake.
Bridge across the lake
Bridge across the lake
The bridges and a few guests walk…
The bridges and a few guest's wal…
Single fish swimming around
Single fish swimming around
The hills surounding the lake
The hills surounding the lake
The lake taking up the central par…
The lake taking up the central pa…
Lake and hill
Lake and hill
Small island in the lake
Small island in the lake
The lake and the hills.
The lake and the hills.
Kumamoto
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