Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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Construction of these gardens was started during the early Edo Period in 1629 by Yorifusa, the founder of the Mito Tokugawa family, as the gardens for his secondary residence (which later became his main mansion in Edo). They were completed in the lifetime of Mitsukuni, the second Mito Tokugawa feudal lord. The gardens are composed of artificial hills and ponds circled by paths, built around a central pond. Mitsukuni referred to the opinions of Shu Shunsui, a surviving retainer of the Ming Dynasty when constructing the gardens, incorporating scenes from China, including a half-moon shaped bridge and a West Lake bank. The gardens themselves were also named by Shunsui, making them brim with the atmosphere of China.

Street address

1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access

Route1

  • 2 minutes by foot from Iidabashi Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line

Route2

  • 8 minutes by foot from Iidabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line, or Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Yurakucho Line and Namboku Line

Opening Hours

9:00-17:00
(gates close to new visitors at 16:30)

Closed

End-of-year and New Year period
(December 29 - January 1)

Fee

General visitors: 300 yen
65 and over: 150 yen
Elementary school students and under: Free

Website

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/bunkyo/spot/40263.html

Best season

Feb., Apr., May, Jun., Sep., Nov., Dec.

Point

Free guided tours of the gardens available in English (10:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays only).
* Please confirm in advance.
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