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Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

One of the features of Tokyo which makes it such a beautiful city is the amount of gorgeous parks and gardens – big or small – that can be found nestled in some of the most unexpected places. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one such place.

 

Getting There

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The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Guided tours are offered twice on Saturdays to English speakers (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and to Japanese speakers on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

The park is about an 8-minute walk from Korakuen Station.

General admission is 300 yen.

 

Historic Site

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Created by one of the founders of the famous Tokugawa clan, this site is historically linked not only to the history of Tokyo, but the history of all Japan, as well.   He designed the garden to be “kaiyu-style,” or “circuit-style,” with the focus of the garden centering on a charming pond.

When exploring the garden, you can certainly see evidence of its ties to the past, with old stone steps and the ruins of an old shrine found among the winding paths in the hills.

 

Chinese Influence

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Advisers of the Min Dynasty, in China, were invited to assist in the design of the garden. If you look closely, you may notice some elements of Chinese aesthetics within the garden. This makes for a beautiful blend of two cultures within the park.

 

Cultural Heritage Garden

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This garden is a wonderful place to visit, with different flowers or trees in season year-round. The gardens offer different scenery as the seasons change. History or nature lover, you’ll be sure to appreciate Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of Tokyo’s 9 Metropolitan Cultural Sites.

 

Photo Credit: Lauren DiSabato

Address : 1 Chome-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0004

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