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Five Most Beautiful Gardens in Tokyo

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Japan is famous for its beautiful gardens but there is more to it than just flowers and beautiful landscapes. So, read on to find out everything about the five most beautiful gardens in Tokyo.1. Kiyosumi Teien

Kiyosumi Teien is a traditional Japanese stroll garden located in Tokyo, which is a short walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station and allows its visitors to stroll along with the beautifully landscaped areas near its pond. However, the Kiyosumi Garden has a long history. This was the residence of Kinokuniya Bunzaemon long before it became a garden in 1878. and when Kuze Yamatonokami built his mansion here in 1721, it led to the basic foundation of the garden. Then the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yatarō, bought this land and started to construct a more organized garden for the recreationalpurposes of his guests and employees. Large rocks you see here today were brought from all over Japan to make it more beautiful. The pond of Kiyosumi has three islands, and one of them is connected to the land by a bridge. So, you can have a walk-in too! Don’t forget to step on the stone pathways known as iso-watari and take in the views of the surroundings. This is the highlight of this garden. You can also see many turtles, fish if you look into the water and birds here. Also, the flora like Japanese Black pine, Purple azaleas and Taiwan cherry adds more vibrancy to the garden. The Kiyosumi Garden is open daily from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM. The entrance fee for adults is 150 yen.2. Imperial Palace East Garden

The Imperial Palace East Garden is a part of the Imperial Palace of Japan and it is the only part that is open to the public from the inner areas of the Imperial Palace. It is open to the public free of charge almost every day. The entry to the garden is a 15-20 minute walk from the Tokyo Station. It is not the most scenic garden in Tokyo but surely it will be an escapade from the hustle-bustles of the city. It is also where the Edo Castle was located, it is the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun who ruled Japan until 1867 and after that, it was used by Emperor Meiji. He used the garden areas as his residence until 1888 and moved to the Imperial Palace later. Today, you can see the Tokagakudo Music Hall and Ninomaru Garden which is a sub garden containing a variety of trees within the Imperial Palace East Garden. It is also a great place to view the Cherry trees in full bloom before winter in Tokyo.3. Rikugi-en Gardens

Rikugi-en Gardens is another strolling garden in Tokyo but the only difference is it is considered the most beautiful garden out of all the gardens in the city. The entrance to the park is about a 10-minute walk from south of Komagome Station. The Rikugi-en Gardens was constructed in the 16th century. This was restored by the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yatarō, in 1878. The name Rikugi-en translates to the Garden of the Six Principles, and it features over 80 scenes from traditional Chinese poetry. The garden is very large and therefore, it takes about 1 hour or more to explore it completely. You can walk through the thick flora, look upon the large pond in the centre and even relax at a tea-house or practice yoga within the Rikugi-en Gardens. Fukiage-Chaya Tea House is one of the best such spots. The ideal time to visit the garden is spring and autumn seasons. In spring, the cherry trees bloom fully to give a cheerful vibe and in autumn, the maple trees turn all yellow to give a gloomy yet relaxing vibe. Rikugi-en Gardens is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM daily. The entrance fee for the garden for adults is 300 yen.4. Koishikawa Korakuen

Koishikawa Korakuen is located in Bunkyō, Tokyo and it is just a 5-minute walk from the Iidabashi station or Korakuen station. The design was based on the advice of scholar Zhu Zhiyu, therefore, you can see traditional Japanese and Chinese roots within the garden. Koishikawa Korakuen was built in the early Edo Period in the 16th century. Comparatively, this is smaller than the other gardens in Tokyo. But it is a great place to go for relaxation after a tiring day. It too has a lake centred around it giving it a more incredible view. A suggestion would be to visit the Koishikawa Korakuen in late November up to March. This is because November is the autumn season where the maple trees change its colour to yellow and March is the cherry blooming season in Tokyo. The garden is open daily from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM. The entrance fee for the garden for adults is 300 yen.5. Tokyo National Museum Garden

Tokyo National Museum Garden is one of the best places to visit if you want to see some historical buildings along with a picturesque view in Tokyo. There are five tea-houses in the garden. However, the most popular ones are Tengōan which was designed by a Japanese tea master named Kobori Enshū and Kujōkan which was previously located in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. These tea-houses can be rented for private activities, events and tea ceremonies! But the downside is, this is not open to the public daily like the other gardens in Tokyo. It is open only during November in the autumn season and during March in the spring season. But it is really fine because in that way you won’t be missing the beautiful scenery the garden has to offer! Tokyo National Museum Garden is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM. The tickets should be bought for both the museum and the garden together. The cost is 600 yen for adults.  

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