Shotoen Japanese Garden


Shotoen Japanese Garden was constructed by order of the fourth feudal lord of the Yanagawa domain, Tachibana Akitora, in 1697. The garden was modeled after the Matsushima islands (one of the Three Great Views of Japan) in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The present garden was reconstructed in the late Meiji Era (early 20th century) when 200 old pine trees were planted and more than 1,500 garden stones were placed in and around the pond. This garden has been preserved in its original state as the “Eastern Garden” and was deemed a Government-Designated Place of Scenic Beauty in 1978. From October to March, about 300 wild ducks migrate to the garden from Siberia!

*About the Garden: Government Designated Place of Scenic Beauty; reconstructed in 1910; area - 1,200 tsubo (about one acre)
*Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms; wheelchair rental; wheelchair ramp; elevator; guide dogs permitted
*Discount available for senior citizens

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 832-0069 福岡県柳川市新外町1
Address 1 Shinhoka Town, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0944-73-2189((株)御花)
Contact Ohana Co., Ltd.
Fax Number 0944-74-0872
Open 9am - 6pm
Price Adults - 500 Yen; High School Students - 300 Yen; Elementary and Junior High School Students - 200 Yen
Car Park Unavailable (visitors can use paid Yanagawa Parking)
Access By train and car - A 10 minute drive from Nishitetsu “Yanagawa” Station
By car - A 30 minute drive from the Yame Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway
By bus - Directly outside of Nanchiku Kotsu or Horikawa “Ohana Mae” stop


*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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