Stepping stones, cobble stone, and a silent pond in deep green surroundings (Photo: Takako Sakamoto)

One Summer Day at Yokokan, Fukui

Chill out at the beautiful former villa of a local lord

Takako Sakamoto   - 1 min read

Yokokan Villa and Garden is one of the places Fukuians recommended that I visit when I first came to Fukui. But embarrassingly, it took me four long years to finally visit the place. The reason was simple, I just thought, 'I can go anytime'. Sound familiar?

Anyway, I finally visited the villa on one summer day and understood why it has been ranked in the TOP 3 for three years in a row at “Sukiya Living Magazine”(American Journal of Japanese Gardening). It's simply beautiful. And to top it all off, it's always deserted since people just don't know Fukui has a garden like this! Yokokan Villa and Garden surely is the best-kept secret of ALL JAPAN!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The histor...