Keihanna Commemorative Park

Suikeien (Keihanna Commemorative Park)

Location: Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
Status: open to the public
Landscaped: in 1995

 

Designated maintenance of a city park
Keihanna Commemorative Park

Suikeien is a circuit style garden created in Kansai Culture and Science City Commemorative Park (Keihanna Commemorative Park), which was built to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the relocation of the Japanese capital to Heian-kyo.

It is not only a traditional Japanese garden with motifs of Satoyama, or rice terraces, but also a large-scale garden, including the Maple Valley, where maple trees were planted in the mountain, the Suikeidana, where ponds at different heights are connected by smaller ponds, just like a rice terrace, and a rock corridor 150 meters long, made using 500 gigantic rocks 6 to 7 meters in height.

What is the most spectacular is the Moon Viewing Bridge, over 10 meters above the surface of the pond, and over 100 meters long. From the bridge, visitors can look down at the rock corridor instead of looking up from the ground, and can enjoy the panoramic view.

In the garden, visitors can not only enjoy the Japanese original landscape of four seasons, by watching small rice terraces or a small arbor in the bamboo forest, but can also experience traditional Japanese customs at various events held here, like “Moon Viewing Night”, an event associated with the park’s symbol, the moon.