Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens 小石川後楽園
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens Tokyo
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, a short walk from Tokyo Dome, dates from the early Edo Period. They are not to be confused with the nearby Koishikawa Botanical Gardens a kilometer or so north and slightly west.
The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens were begun in 1629 by Yorifusa Mito, the first feudal lord of the Mito Tokugawa family and eleventh son of patriarch Ieyasu Tokugawa. Korakuen was completed by Mitsukuni Mito, Yorifusa's son.
The Koishikawa Korakuen garden is heavily influenced by Chinese garden design. The name - Korakuen - comes from a Chinese text and can translate as "garden for enjoying power later". The Korakuen Garden in Okayama has the same name.
The central lake was designed by shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa and contains an island with a shrine to Benten, one of the Seven Deities of Good Luck.
The landscaped, strolling garden covers around 7 hectares and includes a Chinese-style stone bridge (Engetsukyo), a waterfall, an iris pond, and in season, flowering plum and cherry blossoms. Koishikawa Korakuen is especially popular for its spectacular colors in the fall.
The Naitei, or inner garden, was a former inner sanctum for the Mito Tokugawa family and contained a guesthouse separated from the rest of the garden by a Chinese-style gate. The huge Koishikawa Korakuen garden and its incorporation of Chinese styles served as a powerful symbol of the power and wealth of the Tokugawa elite.
Korakuen Garden is perfect for reading, relaxing and staying cool in summer.
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Tel: 03 3811 3015
Access To Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
The nearest stations are Iidabashi Station on the Oedo Line (2 minutes), Korakuen Station on the Namboku and Marunouchi Subway Lines (4 minutes), JR Suidobashi Station (West Exit, 6 minutes), or Iidabashi Station on the Tozai, Yurakucho and Namboku Lines (8 minutes).
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