Sankeien Garden is a spacious Japanese garden created by Sankei (born as Tomitaro) Hara, a successful Yokohama businessman who had built a fortune through his silk business. The garden is approximately 175,000 ㎡ in space and is located on land facing Tokyo Bay. The construction started in 1902 and took 20 years to complete. Sankeien is comprised of two gardens;the outer garden that became open to the public in 1906 and inner garden that was for Sankei's private use. Being in perfect harmony with the 17 historic architectural properties (temples or buildings associated with historical figures,etc.) gathered from areas such as Kyoto and Kamakura, the garden provides delightful scenery that changes according to the season. Sankei was also known for his contacts with artists and literary figures. Sankeien Garden served as a place to develop modern Japanese culture including art, literature and Chanoyu (or the tea ceremony ritual).