Top 5 Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

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Hama Rikyu Garden ©Yoshikazu TAKADA/Flickr

Japanese gardens (or Nihon Teien) are very important symbols of Japanese art and culture. The gardens represent idealized landscapes with amazing views. They can be rock gardens, Zen gardens, roji, stroll gardens or courtyard gardens.

These gardens usually include sand, ponds, rocks and of course, plants and flowers. The aesthetic pleasure of the gardens appeared in the Edo Period. Since than, Japanese gardens had conquered the world: they not only attract tourists, but many Japanese gardens are created outside Japan. Tokyo, as the capital of the country, has a large number of gardens. This article will present some of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo.

Koishikawa Korakuen


View of Koishikawa Garden ©tie78ren/Flickr

It is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in Tokyo. Koishikawa Korakuen and Kyu Shiba Rikyu were created in the Edo Period, in the 17th century. Visitors will be amazed by the beauty of the garden. Stones, ponds and trees provide a gorgeous landscape. Small trails lead the visitors throughout the whole place.

Most of the tourists visit the garden in November and in April: the autumn colors and the cherry blossoms of Koishikawa seem to be the most famous attractions of the place. The address of the garden is: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004. It can be visited between 9.00 and 17.00. The admission in 300 Yen/person.




Rikugien Garden ©vera46/Flickr

This is considered to be the most beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. It is very large, it takes almost an hour to walk around its paths. Lawns, small forests and ponds are combined to impress tourists. Those who want to take a rest can visit Fukiage Chaya, a small tea house in the garden.

Like most of these Japanese gardens, Rikugien provides the most beautiful views during spring and autumn. Not only the cherry blossoms, but other flowering trees are also beautiful. Visitors can spend a wonderful time by wandering in the garden. The address is: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0021. The admission is 300 Yen and it is open from 9.00 to 17.00. During cherry blossom and autumn color seasons it is open until 21.00.


Kiyosumi Teien


Autumn colors in Kiyosumi Teien ©ehnmark/Flickr

It is not an old garden, it was opened to the public in the 1930s. The landscape of the garden is mainly characterized by stones. These stones were brought here from all across the country. The ‘isowatari’ is the most interesting attraction of the garden: from the huge stones set in the water visitors can see the turtles and fish swimming in the pond.

The garden also features a tea house and a traditional Japanese restaurant, which requires reservation. Here, the admission is 150 Yen and tourists can enter between 9.00 and 17.00. The address of the garden is: 3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0024.


Hama Rikyu Garden

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Hama Rikyu Garden ©Yoshikazu TAKADA/Flickr

This garden is located near Tokyo Bay. The traditional style of the garden is surrounded by the huge buildings of the city. Ponds and tall trees can be found here, like in any other Japanese garden. Besides the cherry blossoms, plum blossoms are also very nice and attract people here. The picturesque place has mainly plum, gingko and maple trees.

The garden’s admission is 300 Yen and visitors can enter between 9.00 and 17.00. The address of the garden is: 1-1 Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046.


Kyu Shiba Rikyu

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Kyu Shiba Rikyu ©heiwa4126/Flickr

Kyu Shiba, a classical Japanese garden is located in the central area of Tokyo. It has a typical environment: the green area is surrounded by tall buildings. It is like a small green spot in the middle of a metropolis. The walking trails of the garden wander not only around the pond, but around the whole place.

The garden can be visited from 9.00 until 17.00 for an admission of 300 Yen. The address is: 1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0022.



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