Sankei-en garden’s origin is quite unusual, as it was created by Sankei Hara, a Yokohama’s businessman who succeeded in the silk industry and from whom it was named. The construction of the garden started in 1902 to last about twenty years. Part of the garden was already open to the public as soon as 1906. It was thereafter transferred to the city of Yokohama. In 2007, the garden was recognized as a "Place of Scenic Beauty" by the Government of Japan.
Several courses of visit start from a vast pond around which Sankei-en garden is arranged. Seventeen ancient buildings, gathered from the whole country, stand in the garden. It is also possible to visit several teahouses. The masterpiece, a three-story pagoda, was built for Tomyo-ji Temple in Kyoto in 1457 before being transferred in Sankei-en in 1914.
The inner garden, which used to be Sankei Hara’s private residence, is a genuine historical part, meticulously cared for, that reminds of the famous Moss Temple Kokedera, as you can see in the pictures below.
The garden is a quite charming and relatively quiet place, except for its southern part bordered by an inappropriate highway, fortunately hidden by the trees most of the time. It is possible to picnic in some parts of the garden, especially on the pond’s shores, an activity quite popular with families. However, drinking and eating in the inner garden is strictly forbidden.
How to get to Sankei-en
- From Yokohama Station, East Exit, 35 minutes by bus n°8 or 148, stop at "Honmoku Sankeien-mae" (¥220/ ~US$ 2.10, Suica accepted) then 3 minutes walk
- From Negishi Station, stop n°1, 10 minutes by bus n°58, 99 or 101, stop at "Honmoku" then 7 minutes walk by "Sakura-michi" street
By taxi -- Address: 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0824 (tel. 045-621-0634 or 0635)
Location unreachable with the JR Pass
Get there with a rental car
- Adults: ¥700 (~US$ 6.50)
- Children (up to 14 years old): ¥200 (~US$ 1.90)
- Disabled: free
- Adults: ¥3,000 (~US$ 28.00)
- Children: ¥500 (~US$ 4.70)
- ¥500 (~US$ 4.70) the first two hours
- then ¥100 (~US$ 0.90) per additional 30 minutes
- ¥1,000¥ (~US$ 9.30) maximum per day
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.)
Open every day, all year long, except Decembre 29 to 31
How long / when to visit
Allow one to two hours
Best in spring during the sakura blooming season