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Seibien is chosen as one of the three famous gardens of the Meiji period, after Munrian and Seifuso in Kyoto. Created in 1902, it is a stroll garden in Bugaku style, which was very popular style at the end of the Edo period in Tsugaru clan. Bugaku style was created when a noble was forced out of the capital. He created a style that is a mixture of Kyoto's Buddhist style and the regional old Shinto style. There is a lake in the middle of the garden, which reflects the building situated next to it.
- 1 Saruka Ishibayashi, Hirakawa-shi, Aomori
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Tsugaru Onoe Station on Konan Railway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (Opens 10:00-15:00 from December to March)
Closed from December 29- January 3 (New Year Holiday), no other closed day
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 min
- Admission fee
- 430 yen (210 yen between December to March)
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The garden is created in three parts "Shin-gyo-so"
The garden is divided in three parts, which correspond the principle of "Shin-gyo-so" (formal-semiformal-informal), starting from the lake situated in the middle. The formal "shin" is represented by the artificial hill, Tsukiyama. The semi-formal "gyo" is represented by pine, maple and azalea trees on Tsukiyama. The informal part "so" is represented by the flat part of the garden, where the big pruning of yew tree, enshrining creator gods, is located.
You can overlook the garden from "Seibikan"
The beautiful Seibikan, that matches well the natural landscape of the garden, is created in a combination of Japanese and Western styles. It is rare to see the building that Western style and Japanese style is divided so clearly on the top and the bottom of the building. In fact, it is said to be the only building created in this way. Furthermore, the roof is made of cooper. You can observe the skill of artisans when you look at how they are meticulously joint together.
Interior of "Seibikan"
The first floor is created in a pure Japanese style, imitating the tea houses. The view of the garden from the elegant reception room looks magnificent. On the other hand, the second floor is created in the Renaissance style. The white wall made of plaster, the dome shaped roof of the observatory room, the spire and decoration of the tower look amazing. * The second floor isn't open to public at this moment.
Gohoden is a mausoleum of the Seito family - a rich family from the south of Tsugaru. Created in 1917 by the 25th generation of the family, Benkichi Seito, the hall is covered in gold. Why don't you see how rich the family was with your own eyes?
Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty" was based on this place
It is also a place where the house in the animated film, "The Secret World of Arrietty," by Studio Ghibli, was modeled after. The beautiful garden and fine decorations on the pillars and the windows look so similar to this place.