The cosmopolitan culture of Minato City Ward naturally extends to its parks and gardens. Traditional beauty, international heritage and scientific research all combine to offer some of Tokyo's most splendid natural locations. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens of Minato and how to reach them.
Famous for its weddings and functions, Happo-en Garden is one of Tokyo's most exquisitely designed Japanese gardens. Free public access means the garden's sublime harmonious design is available to all. From its carp-filled pond and the traditional tea house to the scores of cherry blossoms and bonsai plants, this garden has it all.
A 1-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station on the Namboku or Mita Lines.
Institute for Nature Study
Right by the Teien Art Museum lies the huge Institute for Nature Study. A botanical garden acting as a sanctuary for the flora and fauna of Tokyo, the garden spreads out over numerous hills and shallow ravines helping to create a sense of isolation from the rest of the city. The small JPY320 admission fee goes a long way to preserving Tokyo's natural world.
A 7-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station on the Namboku or Toei Mita lines.
Home to the iconic Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park also finds space for an ancient kofun burial chamber, huge lawns for families as well as numerous temples and shrines. A ravine that explodes in colour during autumn followed by walking trails that criss-cross the area make the park a very popular destination.
A 2-minute walk from Shibakoen Station on the Mita Line.
Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park
The traditional landscape design of the Takahashi Korekiyo Memoiral Park is dedicated to the memory of Japan's 20th Prime Minister. Along with its maple trees and abundance of benches, the running water of the stream and pond help create a calming and even dignified atmosphere for visitors.
A 1-minute walk from Aoyama-itchome Station on the Ginza, Hanzomon or Toei Oedo Lines.