Koishikawa Kōrakuen

sights / Parks & gardens

Koishikawa Kōrakuen information

Tokyo , Japan
Street 1-6-6 Kōraku
Extras Bunkyō-ku
Getting there
train JR Sōbu Line to Iidabashi, exit C3
adult/child ¥300/free
Opening hours
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Lonely Planet review

This 70,000-sq-metre formal Japanese garden is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful and least visited by foreigners – if you have the slightest interest in gardens, you should make a beeline here.

Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, the garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese landscaping, although nowadays the shakkei (borrowed scenery) also includes the other-worldly Tokyo Dome. The garden is particularly well known for plum trees in February, irises in June and autumn colours. Of special note is the Engetsu-kyō (Full-Moon Bridge), which dates from the early Edo period.