Take in the ever-changing views of this traditional Japanese garden
Suizenji Jojuen is based on a garden of the same scale established here in 1671 by Hosokawa Tsunatoshi, the third member of the Hosokawa Clan to become Lord of Higo Province, and in 1929 it was nationally designated as a Historic Site. As they take a stroll around the garden, visitors can enjoy the beauty of each season by looking out at the submerged stones and undulating artificial hills, as well as the beauty of Kumamoto's groundwater as it bubbles up into the garden's central pond from the aquifers beneath Aso. There is also the Kokindenju-no-Ma Teahouse, moved here from Kyoto's Imperial Palace about one hundred years ago, where anyone can sit and take in the gorgeous view while enjoying matcha green tea and traditional Japanese confections. At the Izumi Shrine, where the Hosokawa lords of Kumamoto Castle are enshrined, there is a festival held every spring and fall with dedicated events, such as Noh performances and traditional horseback archery. The garden is also popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot since the flowers here bloom especially magnificently every spring.