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Once the private domain of the silk baron Hara Sankei, one of Japanís most exquisite gardens was opened to the public in 1904. Hara wished to share the beauty of his bounty by opening up his grounds, surely one of the worldís most beautiful examples of benevolent capitalism. The cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in autumn make Sankeien a favorite spot in Yokohama for residents and visitors alike. Besides the landmark three-storied pagoda, koi ponds, streams and an elegant feudal lordís residence, numerous tea houses are scattered through the expanse.