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Genkyuen Garden

This is a former feudal lord's garden with Hikone Castle in the background, and is designated as a national scenic beauty.

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Special historic site and Scenic garden

Hikone Castle, a national treasure, took about 20 years from 1606 for the completion. In 1677, which is approximately 50 years after the castle was completed, Ii Naooki, the fourth feudal lord of Hikone Domain, started building a garden along the moat, and completed the Genkyuen, a Daimyo garden (created by a daimyo / feudal lord at his estate or in the castle town of his domain in the Edo period) in 1679. It is a circuit style garden built around a vast pond, visitors are able to enjoy various scenery such as nine bridges over the cove and the island in the pond. There was also a boat house at the pond, and it is said that feudal lords enjoyed boating on the pond during the Edo period.

The landscape of Hikone Castle from Genryuen is beautiful, and every September at the lit-up garden, the "Moon-viewing Evening" is held to view the moon. Visitors are able to enjoy an elegant experience of viewing the scene of Hikone Castle rising above the mountaintop and the moon lighting up the castle. Moreover, in November, “Genkyuen Garden (Lightup) ” is also held. Lighting up the garden colored with autumn leaves. Visitors are able to enjoy the tasteful landscape. Other than this, the seasonal appearances such as cherry blossoms in spring and snowy scenery in winter are charming.

Currently, along with Ninomaru Palace of the Hikone Domain is called "Rakurakuen", it was designated as a national scenic beauty in 1951 (the 26th year of Showa) as "Genkyuen-Rakukakuen". In 2015, it was also designated as a Japan Heritage Site as a constituent cultural asset of "Lake Biwa and its Surrounding Waters : the Water Heritage of Prayers and Lifestyle”.

Highlights

  • This Daimyo garden was built by Ii Naooki, the fourth lord of the Hikone Domain, in the form of a circular garden.
  • It is designated as a national scenic beauty spot together with the adjacent "Rakurakuen".
  • In 2015, it was also designated as a Japan Heritage.

Photos

  • The Daimyo garden in the Edo period.

    The Daimyo garden in the Edo period.

  • The winter snow scene is also beautiful.

    The winter snow scene is also beautiful.

Reviews

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  • 陳曉雯

    這裡的日式庭園少了細膩感。跟我所見過的有落差。

  • 王隆佑

    日式庭院很漂亮,可惜我去的時候紅葉楓還不夠多。

  • 鄭鈺文

    庭園景觀優美和彥根城相望呼應著^_^

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Details

Name in Japanese
玄宮園
Postal Code
522-0061
Address
9-3 Konkicho, Hikone City, Shiga
Tel
0749-22-2742 (Hikone Castle Operation Management Center)
Closed
Open every day
Business Hours
8:30am-5:00pm
Admission
200yen for Adults, 100yen for Elementary and Junior high school students / For Hikone Castle-shared admission: 800yen for Adults , 200yen for Elementary and Junior high school students.
Directions
15 minute-walk from Hikone Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)