Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

Tokyo's forest

By Takane Shoji    - 1 min read

The representative intersections swarming with pedestrians, and the neon lights that glow brightly paint Tokyo as a vibrant metropolis - one that seems to leave little room for some greenery. Hold that thought, because ancient trees and various other forms of botanical life thrive in a botanical garden at the heart of Tokyo. The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo is run by the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Science and is home to perhaps the widest variety of plants - from a 150 year old tree to species that are often referred to as living fossils. Amazingly, you will feel as though you are in a mountainous, forest area. So if you have had enough of the Tokyo concrete jungle, the Koishiwa Botanical Gardens may be a place of interest for you!

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Takane Shoji

Takane Shoji @takane.shoji

Currently studying at a university in the United States, he has been an avid photographer, as well as a passionate writer with an extensive overseas experience from his residence in Singapore, Tokyo, and New York. He is excited to shed a mix of native and foreign light upon some of the hidden gems of Tokyo and Osaka.