Monday, June 6, 2011
Surprisingly, Chinese gardens are not common in Japan, The Shinshu-en garden in Daishi Koen, Kawasaki city is one of the largest, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Built in 1987 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the friendship agreement between Kawasaki and the Shenyang, the park has been modeled on the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties periods.
The park is surrounded by an outer wall of Chinese arquitecture, with a beautiful gate guarded by a pair of lions.
After the gate, there is a small square, common on Chinese gardens, with a set of stones in the middle, cut from the bed of the Taihu lake in Suzhou.
After the square, there is a beautiful pond and several pavilions with traditional roof decoration. Corridors connecting the pavilions run around the pond providing splendid views of the garden.
A colorful small tower pavilion on the highest point, oversees the garden.
The garden is a perfect side trip if you plan to visit the Daishi temple in Kawasaki, or just like to enjoy a Chinese garden.
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