This garden, once known by the name “Osensui,” was owned by the Matsudaira clan of Fukui. Located in the center of the Fukui City, just a short walk from the castle where these lords of the region were based, it can be entered by using a combined ticket for the nearby Fukui City History Museum.
It was here that the second daimyō of the clan ordered his top vassal to commit ritual suicide. That perhaps paints far too grizzly a picture of this place, which nowadays is just a fantastically maintained garden fit for an afternoon stroll to remember.
There are various pavilions and rooms which served different purposes, most of them various different styles relaxing. Make your way to the Otsukiminoma room towards the evening, as this place was intended as a great spot to view the moon and its reflection in the lake.
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