Japanese Garden Walks: Sankeien

Tour the once-private grounds of a millionaire’s estate.

What will I learn in this class?
When a wealthy Yokohama silk merchant in the late 1800s wanted to admire all of Japan’s famous landmarks in his private garden, he built Sankeien. Hear the history of the spacious grounds hosting reconstructions of Kyoto pagodas and thatched-roof houses from Shirakawa-go, then join the group for an optional lunch in Chinatown.

What is the goal of this class?
Appreciate the techniques and designs of Japanese garden architecture while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life in Tokyo.

Who teaches this class?
Kazuko Morio grew up in a house with a Japanese garden, where she learned tea ceremony from her grandmother and tended the grounds every day. Morio is a member of the Garden Society of Japan and a certified national guide-interpreter.


  • May 26
  • 9am–1pm
  • Meeting point: Shinagawa Station
  • ¥4,500 (matcha green tea and sweets included; transportation and lunch excluded)
  • Cancellation deadline: May 18