An autumn leaves exclusive.
A designated place of natural beauty that spans 68,000 square metres, Kunenan was put together over a period of 9 years from 1900 under the Zen priest, Hotori. When translated, Kunenan Mansion means “9 year house”. Yataro Itami, an important businessman from Saga, built the attached house in 1892 as a place to escape the stress of salaryman life.
The residence, modeled in the traditional Japanese teahouse architectural style, is encircled by a beautiful Japanese traditional garden that was designed with the shakkei gardening method. In shakkei, meaning borrowed scenery, designers incorporate various elements of the landscape outside of the garden in a nod to the universal harmony in nature. This can be seen at Kunenan Mansion, where the Chikushi Plains act as the garden’s contemplative yet breathtaking backdrop.
The Kunenan Mansion is unique in that it remains closed for the majority of the year. In fact, it only opens its doors for 9 days during the peak of autumn foliage, so you’ll need to monitor the local media for updates. It’s also open during spring, where you can see the mansion covered in beautiful shades of green.
As Kunenan is growing in popularity, the crowds can be overwhelming, especially in November. Show up early to nab a great spot for autumn foliage photography.