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A Visit to the Sankeien Garden, Yokohama

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A Visit to the Sankeien Garden, Yokohama

Thaufan Malaka

Two months ago in early Spring this year, I planned to enjoy a weekend with my little family at a traditional and typical Japanese-style garden around Yokohama called Sankein garden. This place being simple and convenient, close to my apartment in Yokohama city always drew my attention. And finally I was there. After searching online I located this garden in the southern part of Yokohama city.

This garden was established in the beginning of the 20th century around 1906, being designed and created by a wealthy businessman in the silk trade, Sankei Hara (real name, Tomitaro Hara) was later opened to the public in the same year.


We took a bus from Yokohama station that cost ¥220 and finally arrived around 13:00 hours. We bought 3 tickets for all three family members, that cost ¥500 per person. But I was delighted because my little daughter, under 3 years, did not need a ticket. Finally we entered the garden area that surprised us with beautiful sceneries and historical sites at the far end. My personal belief is that anyone who is seeking for traditional and natural tourism around Yokohama city, the Sankeien Garden (especially in Spring) is one of the many alternatives around Kanagawa prefecture. A must visit to ease your mind amidst nature.


The first scenery that caught our attention was the beautiful pond. But wait my little daughter was thrilled to see some ducks paddling and swimming there. My daughter's gleeful reaction brought back smiles on our faces too.

The philosophy of German philosopher Martin Heidegger crossed across my mind. He considered the harmonious existence of people, animals and nature during the human journeys of adventure to the certainty of death. Indeed, this view touched not only my heart but the happiness spread to my family members as well.


We were lucky this spring, to have enjoyed colorful cherry blossoms in white, pink and red surrounding the garden. But with each season this park has other flowers to offer a tourists vision to enlighten his mind.

The inner parts of this garden is not separated from the natural forest which has dense trees while at another end, a pagoda of the holy temple is visible to everyone from in the ground level, from both far and close ends of the garden. Some people were hiking uphill to where the pagoda is located. This Pagoda is historically related to Kyoto's old Tomyoji temple.


While I and my little family walked around this lake, we were much more closely to the side of pond. We found strange yet interesting fishes inside the water and some old Japanese people over 65 were busy feeding those fishes.


The next site we strolled to around this garden was some historical building which looked very traditional. On exploring further we found that they were the historic residence of the Daimyo of Feudal Lords. The fresh air seemed more natural here and refreshed us too. There were some unique things worth mentioning such as the pretty little bridge, the small rivulet beneath it flowing as far as the eyes could see and trees behind the buildings.


We returned home overjoyed and much relaxed while my little daughter slept peacefully on my shoulders on our way back. A must-visit destination, indeed!