Institute for Nature Study

sights / Parks & gardens

Institute for Nature Study information

Tokyo , Japan
5-21-5 Shirokanedai
+81 3441 7176
Getting there
Train: Namboku Line to Shirokanedai, exit 1
More information
adult/child ¥300/free
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun Sep-Apr, to 5pm Tue-Sun May-Aug, last entry 4pm year-round
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Although the 200,000 sq metres of this land was the estate of a daimyō (domain lord) some six centuries ago and was the site of gunpowder warehouses in the early Meiji period, you’d scarcely know it now. Since 1949 this garden has been part of the Tokyo National Museum and preserves the local flora in undisciplined profusion. There are wonderful walks through its forests, marshes and ponds, making this one of Tokyo’s least known and most appealing getaways.