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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Edo period retreat with Japanese and Chinese landscape influences

Photo of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Japan (Koishikawa Kōrakuen, Tokyo, Japan by dconvertini)

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a tranquil space in Tokyo, reflecting Japanese and Chinese gardening styles. Completed in 1629 by the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family, the garden offers peaceful scenery with ponds, stone lanterns, and plants that highlight seasonal changes.

About Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, located in Tokyo, was created by Tokugawa Yorifusa and later by Tokugawa Mitsukuni. Influenced by Chinese landscapes and poetry, this Edo period garden captures cultural and historical elements from the era. Features within the garden include the Engetsukyo Bridge, plum and cherry trees, irises, and maple trees, as well as man-made hills and ponds. The design reflects Tokugawa Mitsukuni’s Confucian beliefs.

Despite various damages from fires and natural disasters, the garden has been carefully restored. It is recognized as a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Koishikawa Korakuen offers insight into Edo period aesthetics, with traditional architecture like tea houses complementing the landscape.

Visitors can appreciate the scenery throughout the year, with a recommended circular walk around the central pond. The garden’s proximity to modern attractions such as the Tokyo Dome contrasts with its preserved historical atmosphere. The rice field at the back of the garden is a nod to Japan’s agricultural past.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

T 06

Iidabashi
 Tozai Line + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
M 22

Kōrakuen
 Marunouchi Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
S 05

Kudanshita
 Shinjuku Line + 2 more

 20-30 minute walk (1.7km)
E 08

Hongō-sanchōme
 Toei Oedo Line + 1 more

 20-30 minute walk (1.9km)
Y 12

Edogawabashi
 Yurakucho Line

 20-30 minute walk (2.0km)

Around Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Japanese Garden in Tokyo

open 9am - 4:30pm
closed Seasonal Dates

Address

小石川後楽園, 東京

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