Thursday, April 7, 2022

Gardens at Yakumo Honjin

Yakumo Honjin 八雲本陣


The Yakumo Honjin is a former wealthy merchant's house from the Edo Period located on the south shore of Lake Shinji about halfway between Izumo and Matsue.


The title "honjin" indicates that it was used as a guesthouse by the local lord as he traveled around his domain.


I had expected the gardens to be more interesting than they turned out to be, though that may be because it was in the winter and the sun was low and cast big shadows,


Like other Izumo gardens I've visited, there seemed to be a big emphasis on the stones laid out as paths.


Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure if visited at the right time of day and year the gardens would be more impressive.


On the other side of the lake there is another honjin in Hirata, and it's garden is much better tended to.


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