The last leg of our Tokyo (and surrounding areas) tour with A&W was Yokohama. We spent the whole of today around Yokohama, beginning with a visit to Sankei Garden (Sankeien).
I never heard of Sankeien until yesterday night when A&W mentioned that they wanted to see it during our Yokohama trip today. They found out about it from japan-guide.com, which lists Sankeien as one of the top attractions in Yokohama.
To get there, we took the train from Yokohama to Negishi (via the JR Negishi line). Then we took a bus from Negishi to Honmoku and then walked to Sankeien from the bus stop (5-10-minute leisurely walk).
|walking through a quiet neighborhood to get to Sankeien|
|map of the garden|
|the main pond|
|a duck by the main pond! :)|
(and the Three-Storied Pagoda from afar - the oldest pagoda in the Kanto region)
|Main Hall of Old Tomyoji|
|Buddhist Sanctum of Old Tokeiji|
"The Yokobuean is a country-style tea arbor and it is so named because in this arbor, there was a statue of Yokobue, a famous heroine of a famous love story."
|image of priestess enshrined in Yokobuean|
I actually misplaced my copy of garden's brochure/guide map, but was happy to find out that a downloadable .pdf version was available online (in English, here), which helped me identify the different structures in the garden.
There wasn't too much to see in Sankeien, and we didn't go around the whole area as we had time constraints. However, I would still like to come back here during hanami season. The park is home to a lot of cherry & plum trees -- would be lovely to see the flowers in bloom, in a clean & tranquil setting like Sankei Garden.