Hikone Genkyu-en Nighttime Nature Sounds
I’ll keep this one short and let the photos below do the talking, but this month is an annual nighttime illumination of Hikone’s Genkyu-en garden for visitors to take in the relaxing sounds of insects and nature. Adjacent to Hikone’s famous castle, this traditional daimyo garden is a must-see for any castle visitor, with a beautiful sculpted landscape, pond, and tea house. But they also host occasional events and concerts to keep an eye out for.
Apparently, the September insect sounds of the garden combined with the Castle’s time bell has been included in a list of 100 best sounds in Japan. You can hear the same calming cricket songs throughout most of Japan this time of year, but the enclosed garden really helps you block out the outside world and get in the spirit of nature appreciation. And by the way, I was happily surprised by the lack of mosquitos! Stop by if you have a chance.
This nightly event continues throughout September, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and there is a ¥500 entrance fee. More information here.