Venture south for the coastal Kanagawa town of Oiso and its famous seaside gardens.
Oiso, Japan’s first beach resort and a favored retreat of Meiji-era politicians, is home to a collection of summer villas with immaculately landscaped gardens.
Tour three such gardens while learning about their designs and rich histories before taking a break for an optional Italian lunch at Oiso Geihinkan, a beautiful, Western-style house built in 1912.
The half-day trip also includes the chance to visit a pottery fair, featuring pieces by local artists.
Kazuko Morio is a member of the Garden Society of Japan and a Japan Gardening Society-certified garden designer. She is also a licensed national guide-interpreter. She lectures and provides walking tours to Japanese gardens. Her clients include garden enthusiasts, international students and tour guides. The Club Member discussed her passion for Japanese culture in the October 2021 issue of INTOUCH.