The Ultimate Harmony of Nature and Art
Admire a Japanese garden that borrows the stunning mountain landscape of Takeo
Natural and man-made beauty come together in Keishu-En, a vast 9,900㎡ traditional Japanese garden in Saga Prefecture. Gaze out upon restless waters flowing around and amidst some 2,000 tons of rock arrangements, with Mt. Mifuneyama as a backdrop. The tea plantation housed within is an extension to the dynamic scenery designed by the prominent landscape architect, Kinsaku Nakane.
Colorful azaleas and weeping cherry trees adorn the lush green background in spring. In summer, the flowing rivers whisper in perfectly harmony with the chirping cicadas. In autumn, striking foliage forms a crimson tunnel, and in winter layers of silky snow paint the garden in pure white. At Keishu-En, you will surely be able to experience the best of the season no matter when you visit.
After exploring the garden, art lovers will relish the chance to stop at the Yoko Museum, which houses a veritable treasure trove of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. Have some more time to spare? Relax and enjoy a piping hot cup of matcha tea and some Japanese confectioneries at the Mifune-Jaya Teahouse, set in a Japanese-style arbor to wrap up your day in elegant style.
This tranquil setting can be found just 5 minutes by taxi or 7 minutes by bus (disembark at the Kareki-no-To bus stop) from JR Takeo-Onsen Station.
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation: Yoko Museum Japanese Garden: Keishu-En