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The Gardens of Koishikawa Korakuen

The Gardens of Koishikawa Korakuen

In these times of intense heat, you cannot refuse a stroll to a Japanese garden. And even if the greenery of Tokyo is far from having enough strength to refresh us it is, at least, very relaxing to the eyes. Let’s go to the Gardens of Koishikawa Korakuen!

Koishikawa Korakuen Entrance
Koishikawa Korakuen Entrance.

Hasuike: Lotuses

Koishikawa Korakuen is a garden of the Edo period and therefore, it is one of Tokyo’s oldest garden. It was named Korakuen after a poem encouraging the ruler to take care of the happiness of his people. That is why it is not a coincidence if it is right next to Tokyo Dome, a kind of general entertainment and amusement park with a roller-coaster, a big wheel, a stadium, etc. Well, it is better to go there with earphones to cover your ears :p

Korakuen Hasuike
Korakuen Hasuike.


Hasuike Lotus Field
Hasuike Lotus Field.


Lotus Field
Lotus Field.

This is the Full Moon bridge – Engetsukyo – which reminds the old bridges that we can find in China.

Engetsukyo Bridge
Engetsukyo Bridge.


Koishikawa Korakuen Path
Koishikawa Korakuen Path.

Tokyo’s Ricefields

The garden contains small rice fields which are very unusual in Tokyo. They were added to the garden by Tokugawa Mistukuni – a Japanese governor of Edo period – to show to his son’s wife the difficulty of the farmers’ life. Nowadays, primary school children maintain the rice fields. The rice is planted in May and harvested in September.

Engetsukyo Swamp
Engetsukyo Swamp.


Japanese Garden Park
Japanese Garden Park.


Korakuen Rice Fields
Korakuen Rice Fields.


Through the Korakuen Ricefields
Through the Korakuen Ricefields.


This small house, located in a corner of the garden, represents an old sake house of the Edo period. Its name comes from the saying of time which says that the sake is better if the cup is 90% full in the afternoon and 80% full in the evening.



Tokyo Ricefields
Tokyo Ricefields.


Koishikawa Korakuen Pond
Koishikawa Korakuen Pond.

The Inner Garden

Formerly called Uchi No Oniwa, the inner garden contained a small bookshop in its center. Now it is gone but the garden kept its original set-up. This place is not the most popular of the park and I did not see many pictures about it. Nevertheless, it is my crush of the day and without this one there would probably not be any article! Let’s appreciate the beauty of this enchanted place.

Seiko No Tsutsumi
Seiko No Tsutsumi.


Koishikawa Korakuen Zen
Koishikawa Korakuen Zen.


Korakuen Oigawa
Korakuen Oigawa.


Oigawa Rocks
Oigawa Rocks.


Zen Rocks Korakuen
Zen Rocks Korakuen.


Tsutenkyo Bridge
Tsutenkyo Bridge.


Togetsukyo Bridge
Togetsukyo Bridge.


Koishikawa Korakuen Magic Pond
Koishikawa Korakuen Magic Pond.


Koishikawa Korakuen Oigawa
Koishikawa Korakuen Oigawa.

Do you have any favorite gardens in Tokyo? Don’t hesitate to share a few photos in comments 🙂

Translated by Domi Ushi.

  • Anika

    Recommended the inner garden, but didn’t show a picture.. How mean ^_-

  • Kelvin Thomas

    Beautiful photo set Jordy. You captured the garden very well. Some how you manage to capture the place and not the people. I can never seem to do that.


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I am Jordy Meow, I am a French photographer living in Japan. My interest is to discover and share information about offbeat and lesser known locations for foreigners coming or living in Japan. I published books and now preparing new beautiful series of guidebooks.