“Koishikawa Kōrakuen” is located next to “the Tokyo Dome City” that is an entertainment complex including the roofed baseball stadium “Tokyo Dome” (a home of Yomiuri Giants).
It is one of oldest and most attractive traditional Japanese landscape gardens in the central Tokyo.
It has about 50 cherry blossom trees which showcase forgettable beauty of a combination of sakura (cherry blossom) and important elements of Japanese garden such as ponds, bridges, stones, etc.
The garden has a long history.
Tokugawa Yorifusa, the Daimyo (feudal lord) of Mito-han (historical term, means “feudal domain”) began its construction in 1692.
His successor, a prominent Daimyo of Edo era, Tokugawa Mitsukuni (a.k.a. famous judge “Mito Kōmon”) completed.
There are 5 weeping cherry trees in the park that bloom gloriously each spring.
Among them the very best is the one nearby main entrance. Weeping cherry blossoms bloom about a week earlier than Somei Yoshino.
The garden is also famous for its plum trees.
About 90 red and while plums bloom in the middle of February to early March.
The plum festival is held for the period where you can also enjoy Japanese traditional performing arts.
For Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season, the garden hours is extended by 1 hour as follows:
Sat. March 21 (Stat Holiday, Vernal Equinox Day) - Sun. April 5
9am – 6pm (enter by 5:30pm)
Admission 300yen Adult, 150yen Over 65years, Free Kids up to G6
Regular hours 9am – 5pm (enter by 4:30pm)
[How to get there]
• 3min walk from Iidabashi Station @Tokyo Metro (subway) ShinOedo Line
• 8min walk from Iidabashi Station @JR Sobu Line, Chuo Line (local trains only); Tokyo Metro (subway) Tozai, Yurakucho and Namboku Lines
• 8 min walk from Korakuen Station @Tokyo Metro (subway) Namboku and Marunouchi Lines
Our WiFi is available in this area.
Feb. 8th, 2015