Shimizuen Echigo’s representative daimyo garden and Ashigarunagaya(National Important Cultural Properties)



Introduction of Shimizuen

Shimizuen in Niigata Prefecture is a Japanese garden in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, established by the Shibata Domain during the Edo period .
The former Shibata clan Shimoyashiki (Shimizudani palace) garden and the fifty-five Kono teahouse garden are designated as national scenic spots, and are also popular tourist spots in Shibata city.
At the site of the relocation of Kotoku-ji Temple to Isokono when the third feudal lord of the Shibata feudal clan, Norio Naozo Mizoguchi, it was built as a lower residence for the clan.
There is a simple Sukiya-style Shoin, and the garden seems to have been improved later.

Because the neighborhood was called Shimizudani, it was called “Shimizuya Goten".

Shimizuen Sightseeing


The garden is a migratory garden that incorporates the eight views of the Omi, and a pond in the center is shaped like a cursive “water".


During the era of Shibata Mizoguchi, the fourth feudal lord of the Shibata feudal clan, the garden was constructed by inviting the tea master of the Shogunate’s garden, Sochi Agata.


Five tea rooms are scattered around the pond.


There are many maples, so I think the autumn leaves are wonderful.

In addition, there is “Agaru Nagaya" opposite the brook.

It seems that this Ashigara tenement house is as it was at the time of the Shibata feudal clan, and has been designated as a national important cultural property.


You can also have lunch at Shimizuen, a restaurant in Kiyomizuen.
There is also a museum of Yasue Horibe from the Shibata Domain, where you can see valuable exhibits.


Shimizuen is open from 9:00 to 17:00 from March to October.
From November to February, it is from 9:00 to 16:30.

Closed days are at the end of the year, Wednesday in January and February.

As for the admission fee, JAF discount could be used, but it is a set fee with Ashikaga Nagaya.

Transportation to the Shimizuen

It is a 10-minute walk from Shibata Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line.

A little further away, there are about 40 free parking lots.
However, the road to the site is narrow.

The time required for sightseeing in Shimizuen is about 20 to 40 minutes.

By all means, Shibata Castle please in the tour and the set of.
Map of Shimizuen