Southeast of the city centre, this photogenic lakeside garden represents the 53 stations of the Tōkaidō (the old road that linked Tokyo and Kyoto). The miniature Mt Fuji is instantly recognisable, though much of the rest of the analogy is often lost in translation.
The 2008 reconstruction of the Honmaru Palace (Honmaru Goten) fairly gleams with fresh wood and gold leaf paintings, particularly in the Sho-kun-no-ma receiving room.
North of the castle, down paths of immaculately raked gravel, is the large villa and garden built for the Hosokawa clan. Inside are displays of furniture and art pieces.