There is a big Japanese garden a little northward from Motomachi Town in Kobe. It is a garden named “Sorakuen Garden”. It is also a sightseeing spot in a well-known place where there are few people to know even local citizens. Hyogo prefectural government office is located near “Sorakuen Garden”, it is a place of urban atmosphere. However, since “Sorakuen Garden” is obviously different from the surrounding atmosphere, it will be found soon.
You can reach the “Sorakuen Garden” by walking 15 minutes north from Motomachi Station West Exit of JR or Hanshindentetsu Railway. It’s about 1 hour if you walk slowly enough to see the inside of the park. It is not so wide. It is compact compared to gardens around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. Since the area around “Sorakuen Garden” is in the city center, it is healed by the scenery where this nature spreads. This is a nice place for those seeking nature.
The highlight of “Sorakuen Garden” is the appearance and the interior of the facility. In the garden there are former “Funayakata” (Japanese houseboat) and the stable of the Kodera family, which are designated as important designated cultural assets of the country. In addition, the former Hassam residence which was relocated after World War II is preserved, and this is also designated as an important cultural asset. Also in the garden is Chisen Kaiyushiki Japanese Teien Garden (a fairly large garden form that allowing visitors to view the garden while strolling around its pond and fountain and through its premise). The scenery seen from the tea room “Kanshin-Tei” is a splendid space. As this garden changes its appearance depending on the season, you will not get tired of visiting many times.
Sorakuen Garden is on the north side of Hyogo Prefectural Office of the Kobe-shi, Hyogo prefecture. It is the Japanese garden having been registered the first national treasure under the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties of Japan. In the site of approximately 20,000 square meters in area, there is an old Kodera family’s stable of European construction, important cultural properties such as Funayakata (The ship which the daimyo used for alternate attendance system or sight-seeing in the Edo period), the cycad garden, the large camphor tree, azalea, and the scenery of a Japanese garden can be enjoyed.
This garden was completed in the end of Meiji era. After the Second World War, “the former Hassam House” (important cultural property), the “Sorakuen Hall” which is guesthouse facilities of Kobe, and the tea-ceremony room “Kanshin-tei” etc. are transferred from Kitano-cho, Kobe, and it results in the present scene. It is also a popular date spot which can take a walk leisurely.
It was enrolled in “registration monument” of the country in 2006. The garden in a site is the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden arounda big pond), and can see the scene of deep mountains and dark valleys in the downtown area. The large camphor tree in age-of-a-tree 500, the azalea which blooms in spring, and the autumnal leaves of autumn are also brilliant.
The appreciation event about a light is held the end of August every year using an excellent garden. Moreover, it is famous also as notable sites for an azalea, and very splendid azaleas is in full bloom in spring.
Events, such as a concert of a koto by a nearby college student, may be held.
|Address:||Nakayamatedori 5-3-1 Kobe Chuo-ku, Hyogo 650-0004 Japan|
|Access:||Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate-sen line “Kencho-mae-eki” Station (5 minutes walk)|
|Price:||300 yen (Adult)
150 yen (Elementary or Junior high school)
Please refer the official web page.