Mohri Principle Residence Garden

A garden for all seasons

Mohri Principle Residence Garden

A Masterpiece of the Taisho Era

A stroll garden centered around a pond, the garden of the Mohri Principal Residence is the masterpiece of garden designer Sakuma Kintaro and a perfect expression of Meiji- (1868–1912) and Taisho-period (1912–26) aesthetics. As is often the case in Japan, the idea is to combine the artificial garden harmoniously with Mt. Tatara behind and with the “borrowed scenery” (shakkei) of Mitajiri Port and the Inland Sea in front. Mixing flat spaces (hiraniwa) with trees and water features (rinsen), the garden is designed to look attractive whatever the season.

The garden contains some two hundred fifty varieties of trees. Numerous pine trees—some elaborately shaped, some simply tall—are dotted throughout the garden. The flat space immediately beside the house is covered with sand to evoke the nearby seaside.

The pond is shaped like a gourd (a symbol of wealth and fecundity) with a small body of water surrounded by boulders and fed by a waterfall opening out into a larger expanse of water past the taikobashi semicircular bridge. The smaller part of the pond is designed to evoke a ravine landscape while also delighting the ear with the sound of water flowing down the surface of the biggest single rock in the garden.

The garden contains nineteen stone toro lanterns. The very large one just to the right as you approach the bridge has a base made of cement, a novel material at the time the house was built. The drainage culverts that run beneath the whole garden are another invisible piece of what was then the latest technology.

After making a circuit of the garden, visitors are welcome to have a rest in MAI, the café located in the atmospheric old building that was once home to the family offices.

Photo:The garden of the Mohri Principle ResidencePhoto:The garden of the Mohri Principle Residence


Mohri House-Seasonal flowers

A Garden for All Seasons

The garden of the Mohri Principal Residence is designed to look beautiful whatever the season. The seasonal notes begin as soon you pass through the main gate. To the left of the driveway leading up to the house is a double row of azaleas, which flower in early summer. On the right is a maple forest, the leaves of which turn brilliant red in autumn.

Here is a season-by-season list of the garden highlights.


  • Plum blossom:Late February
  • Cherry blossom:Late March to early April
  • Yaezakura cherry blossom: Mid-April to end of April
  • Wisteria:Late April to early May
  • Azalea:Mid-May to mid-June
  • Ayame iris:Late May to early June
  • Japanese water iris:Early June to mid-June
  • Threeleaf arrowhead:Early June to September


  • Waterlilies:July to October


  • Maples: Mid-November to early December

Keep a careful eye out when you are near the old summerhouse by the pond and you may come across omodaka (three-leaf arrowheads), the flowers that the Mohri family use for one of their crests.

Photo:Cherry blossom

Photo:Cherry blossom





Official Site

Mohri House・Garden・Mohri Museum Treasures


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Name of the historical building

Mohri House・Garden・Mohri Museum Treasures


1-15-1 Tatara ,Hofu City,Yamaguchi Prefecture

Phone number


Traffic access

Take Bocho Bus at North Exit of Hofu Station board for Amidaji and get off at Mohrihontei iriguchi bus stop.
It takes about 6 minutes.

Parking areas


Barrier-free toilets

Available(Restroom at parking lot)

◆Mohri Principle Residence Garden

Opening hours

9:00~17:00(Last entry is a 16:30)


Open seven days a week,open all year round

Admission fee

Adult:400yen、Elementary and junior high school students 200yen

◆Mohri Museum treasures

Opening hours

9:00~17:00(Last entry is a 16:30)



Admission fee

Adult:700yen、Elementary and junior high school students:350yen
【During the exhibition of national treasures】 Adult:1,000yen,Elementary and junior high school students:500yen

Combo tickets for Mohri Garden and Mohri Museum

Adult:1,000yen、Elementary and junior high school students:500yen
【During the exhibition of national treasures】
Adult:1,200yen、Elementary and junior high school students:600yen