There are a lot of things to discover in Kawasaki. After attending the crazy “Kawasaki Phallus Festival” and visiting the famous “Kawasaki Daishi Temple”, my next destination was the Chinese Garden Shinshu-en located in Kawasaki Daishi Park.
Exploring the Chinese Garden Shinshu-en
Shinshu-en is located in Kawasaki Daishi Park. It’s just a short walk from the Kawasaki-Daishi Station or the famous Kawasaki Daishi Temple in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture (map). I highly recommend visiting if you’re going to the Heikenji (Kawasaki Daishi Temple) anyways!
Shinshu-en was built as a sign of the friendship agreement between the cities of Kawasaki and Shenyang. It’s one of the largest traditional Chinese gardens in Japan! The garden style dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties periods.
Compared to other Chinese gardens in Japan that I’ve visited this one was rather small, but very beautiful. A great location to take photos or to just relax!
As it was early April there weren’t many cherry blossoms out yet, but the park was full of plum blossoms instead!
The small pond in the center of the garden had a few fish and ducks.
There were a few cosplayers using the garden as a photo shooting location. Can you see them?
The buildings looked all rather new with a lot of details and beautiful pictures everywhere.
If you love Chinese Gardens then this is a must-see! If you have a few extra minutes you can spend in Kawasaki, then it’s still a nice and relaxing stroll.