The Landscaped Gardens of Tokyo

Tokyo is home to several immaculately kept and beautifully landscaped gardens. These are owned and maintained by the district wards, and each charge an entrance fee of a couple of hundred yen. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the largest and most famous, but gardens like Koishikawa Korakuen and Rikugien make up for in beauty what they lack in size. These gardens are separate to the parks of the capital, which are free to use and less restrictive on what you can do inside the park (e.g. drinking alcohol and cycling is allowed).

Gardens Chuo

Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens lie on land that was reclaimed in the late 17th century by Tokugawa Tsunashige. But it was his son, Ienobu, who renovated and landscaped the area into something...

Gardens Chiyoda

Imperial Palace East Gardens

Opened to the public in 1968, the Imperial Palace East Gardens sit at the north-east corner of Tokyo Imperial Palace opposite the financial districts of Marunouchi and Otemachi...

Gardens Koto

Kiyosumi Gardens

Beautiful Japanese garden in Koto Ward just east of the Sumida River. The former site of a mansion owned by a wealthy merchant during the Edo period, its beginnings as one of...

Gardens Bunkyo

Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

Operated by Tokyo University, Koishikawa Botanical Gardens are really for the avid horticulturalist: over 4,000 species of plant from all over the world, especially Eastern Asia...

Gardens Bunkyo

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Dating back to the early 17th century, Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s most spectacular gardens. Designed by Mito Yorifusa, a feudal lord, and completed by his successor...

Gardens Minato

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

Like Rikugien and Koishikawa Korakuen, Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden was once a private garden of a high-ranking samurai official. Standing on land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay, high-rise...

Gardens Sumida

Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

As far as landscaped gardens in Tokyo go, Mukojima-Hyakkaen is on the “wild” side, so to speak. The founder—a wealthy antique dealer by the name of Sahara Kiku—wanted to open a...

Gardens Bunkyo

Rikugien Gardens: Traditional Landscaped Beauty

In 1695 the fifth Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, gifted his chief counsel, Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, almost nine hectares of flat land. With this gift Yoshiyasu moved earth to...

Gardens Shinjuku

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Originally the land of a family of feudal lords during the Edo period, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was opened to the public in 1949. Today it is probably Tokyo’s most famous...





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