Sorakuen was once the residence of Taijiro Kodera. This pond garden was built in the early 20th century but now surrounded by modern buildings. At one time the garden was called “Kodera Residence” or “Sotetsu Garden”/. When Kobe City took over its maintenance it was opened to the public under the name “Sorakuen”. Like most strolling gardens Sorakuen has a central pond and stone pathways that circle around it.. What makes it distinct is its western influences as it was built during the Meiji period. Although most buildings were burnt during WWII important cultural properties such as The Hassam House and Funayakata, a sort of houseboat, which were moved to the garden for the sake of preservation.
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