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Capital of Culture, home to prestigious universities and historic gardens

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Bunkyo, Tokyo, a residential and academic district, is renowned for its educational institutions, including the University of Tokyo, and traditional gardens like Koishikawa Korakuen and Rikugien.

About Bunkyo

North of the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Bunkyo, symbolizing Japan’s commitment to education and cultural preservation, houses prestigious universities, including the University of Tokyo, or Todai, which has been pivotal in the nation’s modernization since 1877.

The ward is notable for Koishikawa Korakuen and Rikugien Garden, both celebrated Edo-period gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen, completed in 1669 and associated with the Tokugawa family, is recognized as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Rikugien, established between 1695 and 1702, is a stroll garden that represents scenes from Japanese poetry.

Bunkyo’s cultural life is highlighted by events like the Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri at Nezu Jinja Shrine, a vibrant spring festival showcasing azaleas. The shrine, with origins over 1900 years ago, has structures dating to the early Edo period.

Visitors to Bunkyo can enjoy the gardens, particularly during cherry blossom season and autumn. The University of Tokyo’s Hongo campus and Nezu Shrine provide further historical insight. Tokyo Dome City offers a contemporary urban experience, complementing Bunkyo’s historical charm.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Bunkyo

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Thursday, 11 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Tokyo on March 29, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 4.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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