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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Suizen-ji Joju-en GardenKumamoto

Joju-en is in the city of Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture. Landscaping began in 1632 by order of Hosokawa Toshisada, the ruler of the region. However, it wasn't until the rule of his grandson, Hosokawa Tsunatoshi, that the garden was completed. The centerpiece is a crystal-clear pond which is fed constantly by spring water. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy various features. A lawn mound is laid out in imitation of the Tokai-do Highway that once connected Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto. The islets in the pond and an artificial hill, which is likened to Mt. Fuji, are other highlights. There is also a teahouse transferred from the famous garden at Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto.
Address & Access
Address: 8-1 Suizen-ji-koen, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto
Admission Fee: 400 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
JR Kami-kumamoto Stn./Kumamoto Shiden Line/35-min. ride/Suizenjikoen-mae Stop/5-min. walk