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Chinzan-sō information

Tokyo , Japan
Street 2-10-8 Sekiguchi
Extras Bunkyō-ku
Getting there
train Yūrakuchō Line to Edogawa-bashi, exit 1a
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admission free
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Lonely Planet review

This lovely, hilly 66,000-sq-metre strolling garden was part of the estate of a Meiji-era politician and statesman, and lining its many pathways are a number of antiquities transported from all over Japan. Most notable is a 16.7m three-storey pagoda, estimated at nearly a millennium old, which was transported from the Hiroshima area, as well as lanterns, monuments and torii . The contemporary construction of hotels and wedding halls around it are regrettable, but all that is forgotten in the garden’s lovely soba shop Mucha-an . From exit 1a, walk west for 10 minutes along the Kanda-gawa canal until the gate to Chinzan-sō appears on your right.