In the late 17th century Honjo Inabanokami Munesuke, a clan leader, received this land from the shogunate to use as a suburban residence. He used the land to construct a garden in a style closely resembling the nearby Kiyosumi Gardens.

The pond at the center of the garden is the shape of a heart and is filled directly with water from the Sumida River, and thus rises and falls with the river’s tide. This garden was re-modeled in 1894 by Zenjiro Yasuda, founder of the now dissolved Yasuda financial group (one of the four zaibatsu of Imperial Japan). In accordance with his dying wish, it was granted to Tokyo City in 1922 and subsequently opened to the public in 1927 under its current name, after a reconstruction process following its destruction in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. It was handed over to Sumida City in 1967 and in 1971 fully restored to its original condition having suffered damage during the war and from the pollution of Sumida River.

Information
Location
Former Yasuda Garden, 1 Chome-12-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo 130-0015
« Google Maps »
Getting there
5-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station; 5-minute walk from Subway Oedo Line Ryogoku Station.
Details
9:00-16:30
Free
You May Also Like

Ueno Park

Famous park which is home to five museums, two concert halls, and Ueno Zoo. Especially popular during the cherry blossom season.

Rikugien Gardens

300 year old garden designed by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu and based on the “six tenets of poetry”.

Kenrokuen

Famous garden founded and developed over the years by the feudal lords (daimyo) of Kaga. Today it is generally regarded as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens.

Sankeien

Beautiful Japanese garden which preserves 17 important cultural buildings moved from other areas of the country.