The history of Yosui-en started as a house built by Mitsumoto Hosokawa, the deputy to the 3rd shogun, Yoshimitsu Ashikaga. It was used as a temple named “Gansuin” after the death of Mitsumoto Hosokawa in 1426.
Although it is not clear what Yosui-en was like during the time when it was called Gansuin, remaining records show that in the Daiei era (1521 to 1528), which was about 100 years after Mitsumoto’s death, it was used as a temporary house of the 12th shogun, Yoshiharu Ashikaga, and was a sightseeing place of the time.
Although it was once ruined during the Onin and Bunmei War, Ieyasu Tokugawa gave it to Chojo Goto, the second son of the Goto Family, who had been metal workers for generations. It remained in the Goto Family’s possession until the Meiji period. The remaining pictures show that a pond garden or teahouses were built in it.
In the Meiji period, the owner of Yosui-en changed several times and there were times when its pond was left dry. However, a large-scale repair was conducted in the Taisho period and the pond was filled with water again. Since then, it has remained almost as it is today.
The garden was created in the pond strolling style, and seasonal beauties such as flowers of weeping cherry trees or dogwoods, maples and white camellia planted surrounding the pond provide a profound atmosphere.