Yokokan Garden 養浩館庭園
Yokokan can be visited along with Fukui City History Museum on a combined ticket.
Yokokan Garden, which was known as "Osensui" during the Edo Period, was the second home of the Matsudaira clan, the ruling feudal lords of Fukui domain in Echizen Province.
The name Yokokan was adopted during the Meiji Period of Japanese history. The villa and garden were located on the edge of the outer moat and were developed over time by the Matsudaira family. The present scale of the buildings is said to be the work of the 7th lord, Yoshinori.
Various historical events are associated with the villa and gardens. Remaining historical documents state that Yokokan was the place where the mistress of the 4th lord, Mitsumichi, gave birth to a son. It was here too that the second lord, Tadanao, forced his chief vassal, Uemon Nagami, to commit seppuku.
Yokokan had a reputation as a place of study and learning. Unfortunately, the original structures were destroyed in an air raid in World War II.
The buildings and garden were rebuilt in 1982 using a blue-print of 'Osensui' dating back to 1823. The villa is set on a koi-carp filled lake with gardens along the side including an artificial hill, natural stone bridges, stone lanterns, stepping stones and a small detached pavilion - Seiren. The gardens include cherry trees, plum trees, hydrangeas and peony.
The lovely lake has random stone islands in its waters.
The Otsukiminoma was used for watching the moon rise and also to see the moon set with its reflection in the lake. Note the use of zelkova wood and the beautiful shoji windows.
The Kusari Room includes a painting of a male cockerel on the sliding door and has bamboo wickerwork on the outside.
The villa also includes a bathroom with an early type of sauna, an oyudono.
1-12-3 Houei, Fukui, 910-0004
Tel: 0776 21 0489
Admission: 210 yen or 340 yen with admission to Fukui City History Museum
Hours: 9am-7pm; 9am-5pm November 6-to the end of February
Access To Fukui - how to get to Yokokan
Fukui Station is on the JR Hokuriku Line from Maibara Station in Shiga Prefecture to Naoetsu Station in Niigata Prefecture.
Yokokan is a 10 minute walk from Fukui Station or take Keifuku bus #N11 from the station and get off at Rekishi Hakubutsukan-mae stop.
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