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Kansen-en means "sweet spring garden”. This comes from the fact that the garden’s spring water was sweet and suitable for tea. The garden is typically Edo style, that is to say a strolling garden encircling a gourd shaped pond. This pond is called Yamabuki-no-ido in the middle of the garden, surrounded by flowering shrubs. Kansen-en Garden was once the domain of the Shimizu Tokugawa Shoguns - a prominent family of the Edo Period. After the Meiji Restoration the land was transferred to Marquis Souma.
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Kansen-en means "sweet spring garden”. This comes from the fact that the garden’s spring water was sweet and suitable for tea.  The garden is typically Edo style, that is to say a strolling garden encircling a gourd shaped pond.  This pond is called Yamabuki-no-ido  in the middle of the garden, surrounded by flowering shrubs.  Kansen-en Garden was once the domain of the Shimizu Tokugawa Shoguns - a prominent family of the Edo Period.  After the Meiji Restoration the land was transferred to Marquis Souma.