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Nanko Ken
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Nanko Koen
Photo: Patrick Ward



 
Alternate Name:Nanko Koen; Suirakuen 
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City:Shirakawa-machi 
State:Fukushima-ken 
Postal Code: 
Country:JAPAN 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=37.0133; long=140.21667
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Designer(s):Matsudaira Sadanobu 
Contruction Date:1801 
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
Hours:Open 9am - 5pm; closed Mondays and 12/28-12/31 Holiday period 
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Added to JGarden:1/1/1998 
Last Updated:8/3/2002 
Sources:Patrick Ward, Cairo, George. 
JGarden Description:Located 10 minutes by bus from Shin-Shirakawa Station, Nanko Koen (Nanko 'south lake'; koen means 'park') is approximately 25 acres of lake, cherry trees, and red pine hills crowned by the superb Suirakuen Pavilion and Garden. The park was the first in Japan opened to the public. Prior to this, pleasure grounds had existed only for the nobility and samurai.

The Suirakuen Pavillion and Garden (admission charge) is a delight to stroll in, complete with waterfalls, rustic bridges, and "borrowed scenery" from neighboring mountains. Inside then pavilion itself, one may take in an abbreviated tea ceremony while admiring the reflections in the miniature lake. 




The rippling wisteria
That I planted by my house
As a momento
Of thee whom I love
Is at length in blossom.

  Manyôshuû
  trans. by W.G. Aston, 1899

©1996-2002, Robert Cheetham; ©2022 Japanese Garden Research Network, Inc.
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