Genkyuen Garden ({, Genkyūen) is a Japanese landscape garden with a central pond and a circular walking trail. It was built on the grounds of Hikone Castle in 1677 by the local lord for the entertainment of his guests and his family. It is designed after a palace garden from Tang China.

There are four small islands scattered across the pond, connected by bridges. Hikone Castle's main keep stands on the hill behind the garden, serving as "borrowed scenery". A cluster of wooden buildings stand next to the pond. In the past they served the entertainment of the lord's guests. Today, they can be used by contemporary tourists to enjoy a cup of tea (500 yen).

Next to the garden stands the Rakurakuen Palace, which served as the residence of the lord's family. The large wooden complex is currently being renovated. Renovation works are scheduled to continue until 2025, but they barely have any impact on a visit to Genkyuen Garden.

Getting there and around

Genkyuen Garden is located at the eastern base of the hill on which the main keep of Hikone Castle stands, just outside the inner moat. It can be reached from Hikone Station in a 20 minute walk.

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