Sorakuen Garden [KOBE / JAPAN]
The only Japanese garden in Kobe After 26 years of extensive restoration, what used to be a private residence was reopened to the public in 1911. This is the only and the most treasured Japanese garden in Kobe, which has been infused with considerable Western influence. Inside the Japanese garden are comprehensive landscapes such as a stone bridge, trickling water, ponds and meticulously arranged flora to present the most magnificent beauty of nature. There are myriads of important cultural architectures in the garden that offer a fusion of Western and Japanese aesthetics to further enhance the attractiveness of Sorakuen Garden.
- Autumn Foliage
- Western House
Red maples in the garden
In autumn, maple leaves change color from emerald green to red, yellow or brown to sculpt the gorgeous landscape. The natural beauty in the garden is embellished by the vibrant red and different shades of colors of the autumn leaves to smear the Sorakuen Garden in intoxicating layers of stunning colors.
Maple season: Late November
Western building emanating a European demeanor
Sorakuen Garden features the Hassam House, former Kodera Barn and the Boat House, all are important Cultural Properties. In particular, the magnificent European Hassam House with vibrant contrast of green and white and the western building of Kodera Barn with red brick dome introduce rich exotic sentiments to the garden.