Ogawa’s Garden Kansuien

Japanese Site


Attraction #1Garden

Cherish a moment of tranquility
A garden where you can feel the flow of pure water

Kansuien is a large scale garden with a path around ponds, about the size of 32m from east to west and about 40m from north to south.

In the center of the south side, there is a tea house called "Nanzanso" as a central point of appreciation. In front of Tea house, there is a pond and artificial hills were built on three sides around it. The south waiting seat, the five-storied pagoda, and the north seat are arranged on the top of each artificial hill.

The water from the pond flows through the garden and returns to the Hachiya River. The sound of the naturally flowing river and the beautiful garden create a tranquil moment.

Feel the charm of each season
An atmospheric open space with the skill of flow in every detail

The garden path around the pond uses stone steps, steppingstones, and pavement made of colorful small gravel, with a creative technique as such waterfalls, wells and small ponds etc. are arranged in various places.

In addition, it is also the feature of this garden by having the skillfully constructed path with about 30 stone lanterns and stone pagodas, historical materials such as the railings of the Ogamogawa Bridge and Osaka signposts, as well as monumental red brick chimneys, etc., placed here and there. A 13-storied pagoda is built on the hillside of Mt. Suido, which can be seen from the north side of the pond behind Nanzanso, adding an accent to the borrowed scenery. The flowers and trees are also different from the garden of the main house, with large trees arranged around, and there are many kinds of flowers and trees (about 400) including wisteria trellises, exhibiting colorful planting of four seasons beautifully.

Attraction #2Building

Chatei Nanzanso, where tea ceremonies and honkaiseki were held for prominent cultural and business figures.

Tea house "Nanzanso"
"Nanzanso" is a copy of Kanden-an (National Important Cultural Property), which is said to have been designed by Harusato Matsudaira (1715-1818), the lord of the Matsue domain, and was relocated from Misasa ". In 1945-1947, Tatehiko Suga was evacuated from Osaka. While staying there, he drew a binding painting of "Sasameyuki" by Junichiro Tanizaki.

A blissful moment to enjoy the beauty of the garden with rich sensibility while having seasonal sweets and green powdered tea

Chatei Nanzanso is a valuable cultural heritage in itself, with many valuable paintings, sculptures, and tea ceremony utensils from Ogawa's collection.
Upon entering Nanzanso, visitors can enjoy matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets while viewing the valuable art works and the garden from the tea ceremony pavilion.
The Kansui-en Garden is built to look most beautiful when viewed from the seating area of Nanzanso.
We recommend a blissful moment of enjoying seasonal sweets and green tea while admiring the beautiful garden and thinking about the tea ceremonies and Honkaiseki that were held in those days.

Attraction #3Work of art

Ogawa's collection of valuable artworks and historical heritage

The garden contains historical artifacts such as Hoki Kokubunji roof tiles, Osaka's road signs, and monumental red-brick chimneys.
Paintings by Taikan Komori, Koutatsu Morita, Youki Okajima, and Tatehiko Suga
Sculpture by Kaiki Hasegawa Kanjiro 
Kawai and Bernard Leach are among the ceramic artists.
The tea ceremony utensils collected by Teishiro Ogawa V and Teiichi Ogawa VI, who were also modern masters of tea ceremony, are also worth seeing.