Sankeien Garden(三渓園) is located in Honmoku, 35 minutes far from Yokohama station. It is constructed with 17 historical buildings including 10 important cultural properties and spread-out Japanese garden. It covers an area of 175,000㎡. Sankeien is a residence of Mr.Sankei Hara originally who made his fortune by raw silk trading. He dismantled historic buildings from Kyoto and Kamakura, and reconstructed them there Sankeien is. Then he opened to the public in 1906 as “Sankeien”
There were many impressive old buildings, but I want to introduce one called Gasshou-zukuri(合掌造). To begin with, Gasshou-zukuri is a kind of houses with a steeply pitched roof. The reason why this type of houses is called comes from its shape, Gasshou. When Japanese pray something in front god, they join their hands, and that is called Gasshou. Therefore, that kind of houses is called Gasshou similar to the steep roof.
This Gasshou-zukuri was brought over from the Hida-Shirakawagou, Gifu prefecture and reassembled Sankeien. You can explore the inside, and see old tools in Hida district.
Sankeien opens 9:00-17:00. Adult is charged 500 yen and child is 200 yen. It specified as Japanese scenic spot in January 2007. I came to Sankeien for the first time, but I would like to visit here sometimes to see the changing of the view with flowers and leaves. You can still enjoy Japanese garden like Kyoto here, at Sankeien.