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Shotoen Garden 松濤園

Shotoen Garden Shotoen Garden
Shotoen Garden Shotoen Garden

A quiet Japanese garden and museum on an island in the Seto Inland Sea

One of the biggest draws on Shimo-Kamagari Island is Shotoen, a beautiful Japanese garden with perfectly kept grounds of raked pebbles and evergreen trees.

Shotoen also has a five-tiered stone lantern, stone animal sculptures, and amazing views of the ocean and Kamagario Bridge, which stretches across to Kami-Kamagari Island.

Quick Facts

Mt. Ohira, the highest point on Shimo-Kamagari Island, offers a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by greenery and spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding islands

Kajigahama Beach features a wide stretch of sand

How to Get There

Take the Setouchi Sanko bus from Hiro or Nigata stations on the JR Kure Line, get off at the Minose bus stop, and walk 1 minute.

An educational center with four historical buildings

Shotoen has four museums, each housed in a relocated or reconstructed Japanese house from various parts of Japan. Goryo Ichibankan introduces the history of Korean envoys to Japan. The Ceramics Museum exhibits old Imari ceramics. At Akari no Yakata, visitors can enjoy a collection of lamps from around the world. Kamagarijima Gobansho is a reconstruction that was located on Shimo-Kamagari Island during the Edo period (1603-1867). The park is also home to a strolling garden, where visitors can enjoy the scenery in all four seasons.

The Ceramics Museum is a beautiful traditional wooden structure with tatami mats and has scenic views of the coast. Visitors can feel the cool sea breeze flowing in through the open windows and doors, making it the perfect place to take a break during the hot summer months.

The Goryo Ichibankan (Korean Envoys to Japan Museum) also displays a large diorama depicting the history of the town and a very accurately reconstructed 1:10 scale model of a Korean envoy ship.

Please check the official website for the latest information.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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