A garden where all kinds of old Japanese buildings stand, the “Sankeien Garden” in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. We had a tea master introduce the inside of the garden this time!

2018-11-06 Sankeien Garden   Visit: Parks & Nature, Visit: Temples & Shrines, Kanagawa,

“Toco Toco T.V.,” a French T.V. Program that introduces Japanese culture!

Toco Toco T.V. is a French television program where Japanese guests introduce their favorite places in Japan. Tadaima Japan is collaborating with Toco Toco T.V. and will pick up some of their programs from now on. Today, we will introduce the “Sankeien Garden,” located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture!



Traditional old houses are lined up in the “Sankeien Garden”.

Hara Sankei created the Sankeien Garden about 100 years ago. He was a successful businessman who made a fortune running a silk trading business. He loved to collect antiquities as a hobby, and even buying the old houses built in other areas like Kyoto, transferring them to the Sankeien Garden. The garden was first opened to the public in 1906. Since then, he has repeatedly dismantled old houses, bringing here to the current garden of today.



The tea master Mr. Soryo Matsumura introduced The Sankeien Garden. He also served us a cup of tea.

In this video, he is introducing an old house called “Gekkaden,” designated as an important cultural asset. Tokugawa Leyasu built it in 1603 within the Fushimi castle in Kyoto. In the Sankeien Garden, there are many kinds of old buildings, like the Gekkaden that are preserved. Next, we had a look at a small teahouse called “Shunsouro,” built by the brother of Oda Nobunaga. The entrance is so small, because the teahouse is a space to experience extraordinary experiences that you can’t have every day.
Mr. Matsumura served a cup of tea to us in the tearoom. These utensils he is using are 400 years old. These simple and functional designs look new, even though they have lasted many generations.



Mr. Matsumura’s teahouse is called “Shuhally,” meaning protecting, breaking, and leaving from Japanese traditions to create something new.

Next, he took us to the Shuhally teahouse. He named it after his philosophy, “Protect the traditions and break them to create your own. Once you achieved that, leave from it and go back to the beginning again.” His reasons for starting tea ceremony are also interesting. To find out why he started doing tea ceremony, please check the video footage!

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58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

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toco toco T.V. is a French T.V. program where a Japanese guest introduces his/her favorite place in Japan. Tadaima Japan is collaborating with Toco Toco T.V. and will pick up some of their programs from now on.


Address 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Hours 9:00-17:00
Access 10 min walk from the bus stop “Honmoku” by taking city buses : 58,99 or 101 line at Negishi station.
Phone 045-621-0634
Website http://www.sankeien.or.jp/index.html