Striking bridges connect the eight islands on the miniature lake (Photo: Peter Sidell)

Nakatsu Bansho-En Garden, Marugame

A charming traditional garden and galleries

Peter Sidell   - 1 min read

A bus ride or longish walk from Marugame station, Nakatsu Bansho-En is a peaceful traditional garden, with over 1500 dwarf pine trees and hundreds of other plants and trees, giving it the air of a fantasy castle park. It's designed around a miniature lake criss-crossed by bridges and stepping-stones connecting its eight small islands; on a better day than I had, I imagine these will be reflected beautifully in the water of the lake. The ¥1000 admission fee also includes the Gallery of Ceramics, with ancient pottery, glassware and statues, and the Marugame Gallery, with classical European paintings by artists such as Jean-Francois Millet and Theodore Rousseau.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.