Tokyo's Fabulous Gardens

Traditional landscaped gardens in Tokyo

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Busy megapolis Tokyo contains some of the best samples of Japan's garden and landscape arts. Located amongst the city’s tall modern buildings they provide a wonderful retreat into a peaceful and beautiful world of plants and natural beauty.

Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the oldest gardens, having been established in the early Edo Period. It is compact but has all the classical elements, including ponds, bridges, stones and numerous of scenic views.

Imperial East Gardens stretch along the wall of the Imperial Palace and occupy the space of the former Edo Castle. It contains beautiful Japanese style Ninomaru Garden and is free to visit.

Shinjuku Gyoen is a very spacious park that features an English, French and Japanese garden. Gorgeous in spring, it’s one of the best spots to enjoy the blooming sakura, but even on a rainy day it has a lot of romantic charm.

Kiyosumi Taien used to be a private garden until it was donated to Tokyo city in 1932. It features amazing landscapes and stones.

Rikugien is one of the most famous miyako-styled garden,miyako being the old word for the capital. It has existed since 1700. Rikugien is quite spacious with its light adding a special visual appeal.

Hama Rikyu garden was used for duck hunting in the past. Hard to believe as now it is located in the centre of Tokyo!

Kyu Yasuda in Ryogoku is small but a very nice garden that is free of charge.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!