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Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

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[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★★★★★ (10.0/10.0)

Features
△ Enjoyable
◎ Beautiful
◎ Relaxing
○ Unique
◎ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to imagine Mito branch of the Tokugawa clan in Edo period
2: to know the influence of Chinese culture at Seiko-no-Tsutsumi, Engetsu-kyo, Nobedan
3: to see the landscape from the remains of Hakkake-do

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Daimyo garden historically related to Mito branch of Tokugawa clan

If you visit Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (hereinafter called Koishikawa Korakuen), you can see a beautiful authentic Japanese "Daimyo (feudal lord)" garden.

Koishikawa Korakuen is initially designed and planted in 1629 in early Edo period (1603-1867) by Yorifusa Tokugawa (1603-1661), founder of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa clan, later completed by the second lord Mitsukuni Tokugawa (1628-1701) who is well known as "Mito Komon," the Japan's longest-running historical TV drama series. Koishikawa Korakuen is full of Chinese influences. Mitsukuni incorporated the concepts of Zhu Zhiyu (1600-1682) a Chinese scholar of Ming dynasty. You can see the Chinese touch especially at "Seiko-no-tsutsumi," "Engetsu-kyo" and "Nobedan."

Koishikawa Korakuen has been designated as a site of special historical significance and a special place of scenic beauty in Japan in 1952. There are only a few gardens received this type of dual honor in all of Japan, and Koishikawa Korakuen and Hama-Rikyu Gardens are only two of these gardens in Tokyo.

Koishikawa Korakuen is "Kaiyu-shiki (promenade-style)" garden and has scenic motifs along "Nakasendo," the ancient inland route linking Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The little journey starts from "the former site of Karamon" representing Edo (Tokyo). Moving forward seeing "Kisoyama" and "Kisogawa," you can see the Great Pond "Dai-sensui" representing "Biwako" lake in Shiga. Then, you reach a destination "the former site of Kiyomizu Kannon-do" representing Kyoto, through "Oigawa."

You can see breathtaking scenery from season to season such as plum blossoms from late winter to early spring, weeping cherry blossoms in spring, iris flowers in early summer and colored leaves in late autumn.

Koishikawa Korakuen has opened to the public in 1938. It is middle-sized public garden of Tokyo Metropolis at commercial area in Iidabashi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo.

For your information, Koishikawa Korakuen is not the same as Koishikawa Botanical Garden, a part of Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, in Hakusan, Bunkyo City, Tokyo. Approximately 40 minutes by walk to get to the Botanical garden from Koishikawa Korakuen.

Event Information

"Edo and Mito Week"
from September 30, 2017 (Saturday) to October 9, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)

Finished Event Information

"Opening Hour Extension in Spring"
from March 21, 2015 (Saturday, National Holiday) to April 5, 2015 (Sunday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Opening Hour Extension during Golden Week"
from April 29, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday) to May 6, 2015 (Wednesday, Substitute Holiday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Pleasant Time with Irises"
from June 6, 2015 (Saturday) to June 21, 2015 (Sunday)

"Tanabata Decorations -Your Wishes on a Strip of Paper-"
from July 1, 2015 (Wednesday) to July 7, 2015 (Tuesday)

"Let's Enjoy Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Autumn: Happy Autumn Day"
November 3, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"Let's Enjoy Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Autumn: Enjoying Colored Leaves"
from November 21, 2015 (Saturday) to December 6, 2015 (Sunday)

"New Year Holidays in Daimyo Garden"
from January 2, 2016 (Saturday) to January 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Garden with Plum Fragrant"
from February 11, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday) to March 6, 2016 (Sunday)
*The East Gate also opens from February 11, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday) to February 21, 2016 (Sunday).

"Opening Hour Extension in Spring"
from March 19, 2016 (Saturday) to April 5, 2016 (Tuesday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Opening Hour Extension during Golden Week"
from April 29, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday) to May 8, 2016 (Sunday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Pleasant Time with Irises"
from June 4, 2016 (Saturday) to June 19, 2016 (Sunday)

"Monkiri Asobi"
June 28, 2016 (Tuesday) and July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Tanabata Decorations -Write Your Wishes on a Strip of Paper-"
from June 26, 2016 (Sunday) to July 7, 2016 (Thursday)

"Edo and Mito: Medicinal Herb Exhibition around Wise Lord of Mito Mitsukuni and Nariaki"
from October 8, 2016 (Saturday) to October 16, 2016 (Sunday)

"Happy Autumn Day"
November 3, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Enjoying Colored Leaves"
from November 19, 2016 (Saturday) to December 4, 2016 (Sunday)

"New Year Holidays in Daimyo Garden"
from January 2, 2017 (Monday, Substitute Holiday) to January 3, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Garden with Plum Fragrant"
from February 11, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to March 5, 2017 (Sunday)
*The East Gate also opens from February 11, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to February 19, 2017 (Sunday).

"Enjoy the Edo-Daikagura at Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens!!"
March 4, 2017 (Saturday), March 9, 2017 (Thursday), March 10, 2017 (Friday) and March 12, 2017 (Sunday)
from March 18, 2017 (Saturday) to March 20, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)
from March 26, 2017 (Sunday) to March 31, 2017 (Friday)
from April 6, 2017 (Thursday) to April 8, 2017 (Saturday)
from April 15, 2017 (Saturday) to April 16, 2017 (Sunday)
from May 13, 2017 (Saturday) to May 14, 2017 (Sunday)

"Opening Hour Extension in Spring"
from March 18, 2017 (Saturday) to April 5, 2017 (Wednesday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Opening Hour Extension during Golden Week"
from April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to May 7, 2017 (Sunday)
*Opening Hour is Extended until 18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30).

"Pleasant Time with Irises"
from June 3, 2017 (Saturday) to June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Monkiri Asobi"
July 2, 2017 (Sunday)

"Tanabata Decorations -Write Your Wishes on a Strip of Paper-"
from July 1, 2017 (Saturday) to July 7, 2017 (Friday)

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Photo Provided by Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 45 minutes in a regular pace, about 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and about 1.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This garden opens from 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30). Opening hour is temporarily extended during season of cherry blossoms in April and golden week in May.

Closed Day
This garden is closed on year-end and new year holiday from December 29 to January 1.

Admissions Fee
It is 300-yen for junior high school students outside Tokyo and over and 150-yen for those aged 65 and over. It is free for elementary school students and under. Also, it is free for junior high school students that live and go to school in Tokyo. It is free on Green Day of May 4 and Tokyo Citizens Day of October 1.

Access
It takes about 3 minutes from Iidabashi Station (Toei Subway Oedo Line) on foot.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Iidabashi Station (JR East: Sobu Line, Chuo Line, Chuo Main Line) 8 minutes on foot
◎ Iidabashi Station (Tokyo Metro: Tozai Line, Namboku Line, Yurakucho Line) 8 minutes on foot
◎ Iidabashi Station (Toei Subway: Oedo Line) 3 minutes on foot
◎ Korakuen Station (Tokyo Metro: Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line) 8 minutes on foot
◎ Kasuga Station (Toei Subway: Oedo Line, Mita Line) 10 minutes on foot

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
○ With Children

Name in English
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Name in Roman Letters
Koishikawa Korakuen

Name in Japanese
小石川後楽園
こいしかわこうらくえん

Address
1-6-6, Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo, 112-0004, Japan

Telephone Number
03-3811-3015

URL
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index030.html

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